Murdered teen stuffed in toilet

2011-03-14 00:00

RESIDENTS of an informal settlement in Pietermaritzburg have been shocked by the brutal murder of a 15-year-old boy whose body was yesterday found in a pit toilet.

The body of Nkosinathi Richard Hlela was discovered at about 7 am by a builder who had arrived to work at the house of the boy, at a settlement called Four outside Ashdown. He alerted the boy’s aunt, Monica Hlela (19).

“We first saw the legs through the hole between the corrugated iron sheet and the ground. When we came closer we saw that it was a person’s body and when we inspected it further we saw that it was Nkosi,” said Monica.

In the boy’s room, bloodstains next to his bed showed where he had been killed before being dragged into the toilet.

Monica said her underwear was still around Hlela’s neck when the found him and she believes it was used to strangle him.

“His tongue was protruding from his mouth, which is why we believe he was strangled with my underwear, which also has lots of blood,” said Monica.

The body had multiple injuries to the head and a stab wound on the left side of the chest.

Monica said the family suspects he was repeatedly hit with a claw hammer and stabbed with a screwdriver. The hammer was found in his room, which is built of planks.

However, the boy’s grandmother, Cabangani Hlela (54), believes he may have been hit with a spade, which was missing, together with R30 cash he had in the room.

Monica said she last saw Nkosinathi at about 8 pm on Saturday when he collected his supper.

“We suspect that he did not lock his room before he went to sleep, which is what he usually did.

“My nephew was just a child who played with his bicycle and played soccer. He was very quiet and we never knew that he had enemies in the neighbourhood,” said Monica.

The grandmother said she is battling to find answers to the murder.

“My grandson was not a criminal and he never owed anyone any money. We did not hear any commotion, which is why we think that the killers started by burning something to make us fall into a deep sleep,” she said.

A neighbour who did not give his name asked: “Who in his right mind could kill a child in such a brutal way? I did not know that this place has horrible people, but now I know.”

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said police found a hammer at the crime scene, which they believe was used to commit the murder.

She said that so far no arrests have been made.

She has appealed to anyone with information about the murder to contact Colonel Gops Govender at 033 398 9752 or 082 779 7141.

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