Mystery of man found with a ‘chain fastened to his hand and around his neck in a painful way’

2011-07-08 00:00

POLICE and paramedics rescued a man found with chains tightly bound and padlocked around his neck in Pietermaritzburg yesterday midday.

Petrol attendants at Total Garage in Hayfields area said they saw the man, who is believed to in his early 20s, walking down along Blackburrow Road from Hesketh Drive at about noon. He stopped at the Total Garage not far away from N3, which was where concerned onlookers called the police.

“He had a chain fastened to his hand and around his neck in a painful way,” said a petrol attendant.

The petrol attendant said paramedics from Netcare911 also arrived at the scene. He said the man did not show any signs of being mental sick.

Netcare911 Chris Botha said paramedics cut the man’s chain before he was taken away by the police.

“We don’t know why the man had chains around him. Police took him to the district surgeon,” said Botha.

Police said the man was taken to Northdale Hospital, but they could not understand what happened to him because he was not talking. The chains were locked.

“We really don’t know what happened because this man was not saying anything. For now we have not opened any case as we are still investigating,” said a policeman. A similar incident happened late last year where a man was found near dead, also wrapped in chains and his head covered in a plastic bag.

Officers from Road Traffic inspectorate found him along the N3 near Church Street Bridge at about 8 am on November 9. He had apparently stumbled down from the railway line running next to the N3.

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