Rejected man stabs woman

2010-09-14 00:00

A WOMAN died a painful death for allegedly refusing the advances of a 25-year-old man on Sunday evening.

The woman, only identified as Cynthia, was stabbed to death at Jika Joe informal settlement. Police arrested a suspect yesterday morning.

Makhosi Ndlovu, a friend of Cynthia’s, said the woman, in her late twenties, was new to the area. She was originally from Kokstad, but had moved to relatives in Plessislaer.

Ndlovu said she met Cynthia at the dump site two weeks ago.

They collected plastic bottles and other recyclable objects and sold them and ended up staying together at Ndlovu’s place.

“On Sunday we were sitting in one of the houses here when this man started making moves on her, and she made it clear that she was not interested.

“When the man persisted, she decided to go to sleep on her own, and me and other friends decided to go to another house in the area and the next thing we heard was that she was dead,” said Ndlovu.

She said the man stopped Cynthia on her way to bed and stabbed her.

Last week, The Witness reported that in contrast to the national crime statistics released recently, which show a decrease in serious crimes, there has been a rise in many crimes committed in Pietermaritzburg.

A police source said there is crime in all the under-developed areas around Pietermaritzburg.

“I can’t say women are targeted in that settlement. We all know that there’s a socio-economic problem which needs to be addressed immediately,” said the source.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said police found the semi-naked body of the woman with multiple stab wounds to the neck.

Jeevan said the suspect fled from the scene.

“In the early hours of the morning, the Pietermaritzburg Detectives Project Team and Dog Unit arrested the 25-year-old man in a house in the settlement.

“His clothes were bloodstained and a knife, believed to be the weapon used, was found in his possession,” said Jeevan.

The suspect will appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court shortly.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of the deceased can contact Captain Preggy Moodley at 033 845 2747 or 083 651 3706 or the toll-free number 08600 10111.

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