Police probe Copesville arson

2010-02-16 00:00

A COPESVILLE woman deserted her home after her boyfriend had set the house on fire at about 4 am on Saturday morning.

Police were called to Tourmaline Place in Ward 29 and found Msunduzi fire department officers already on the scene and in the process of putting out the fire.

Police spokeswoman Director Phindile Radebe said the police have established that the owner of the house, whose name is known to The Witness, was involved in a domestic argument with her boyfriend.

Radebe said during the altercation the suspect threatened the woman’s family and they were forced to seek refuge at their neighbours’ house.

It is alleged that the boyfriend set the four-roomed house alight and fled from the scene.

The fire caused extensive damage, estimated at R150 000.

The woman confirmed that her house was set alight, but denied that the perpetrator was her boyfriend.

“He burnt down my home … he is not my boyfriend but just a male friend,” she said declining to give further comment.

Ward committee member Clearance Nodada said the man was the woman’s boyfriend and that he had assaulted her and her two sons with a garden spade before burning the house.

“The victim told us [the committee] that this man has been staying with them for six months.

“She said they had a disagreement which led to the man assaulting her and her two sons with a garden spade.

“They then ran away to the neighbours and the man then burnt the house,” said Nodada.

Among the belongings that were destroyed in the blaze were a computer, furniture and clothing.

The suspect has not been arrested at this stage and police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

An arson docket has been opened in the Mountain Rise police station.



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