Six-year-old bashed to death

2009-03-13 00:00

INTRUDERS beat a six-year-old boy to death, left his mother barely alive and fled with her handbag and car from their Primrose Road, Northdale, home yesterday.

Police are looking for two men who were seen fleeing in the white VW Citi Golf belonging to Pradantha Denvarian (28), who is fighting for her life in hospital.

Denvarian was found barely alive by her mother and brother. Her son, Raylin, lay dead in one of the bedrooms in their house.

A police helicopter tracked the car to close to Table Mountain late yesterday afternoon. Two men jumped out and ran away.

According to police, the family became worried when Denvarian could not be reached by cellphone. She hadn’t showed up for work nor dropped her son at pre-school yesterday morning.

Denvarian’s mother and brother could not get into the house, so they went to the neighbours’ yard and peeked next door. They saw that the backdoor gate was wide open.

Said the neighbour: “The brother jumped over the fence and the mother followed, and soon after I heard the mother’s screams. I ran to see what was going on and I was shocked at what I saw. I was actually shaking.”

Neighbours described Denvarian as nice, quiet and reserved.

“All I know is that she loved and lived for her son. She used to leave with him in the morning and drop him at pre-school. He went to his granny’s house after school and the mother would fetch him there later because she worked in Durban. We did not see them much in the week.”

According to neighbours, Denvarian bought the house with her husband four or five years ago, before they divorced.

He is the child’s father.

They said she had a stormy relationship with a boyfriend who later moved in. “They used to fight all the time. They would be fighting one minute and together the next.”

A distraught family member said Denvarian had broken up with the boyfriend, who allegedly had been harassing her for the past month.

Inspector Joey Jeevan said the 37-year-old boyfriend reported to the Mountain Rise police after allegations that he killed Denvarian. He was questioned and released.

Jeevan said the motive for the incident is not known and police are investigating the circumstances.

Police found a hammer at the crime scene and Denvarian was found with gunshot wounds to the head and stab wounds to her hands and body.

Raylin apparently died of severe head injuries.

People with information about the incident are urged to contact Captain Pipes Haffajee at 033 387 9630 or 083 231 6496, or Inspector Sizwe Makhathini at 082 925 02582.

Callers who wish to remain anonymous can phone 08600 10111 toll free.

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