Swift cops corner suspects

2013-08-13 00:00

THE Bulwer community, while stunned by the murder of an 81-year-old former bank manager at his home this weekend, are relieved that five suspects linked to his murder have been swiftly arrested.

This after eagle-eyed police spotted his stolen car being driven on Edendale Road on Sunday night and gave chase.

Michael John Poval’s body was found bundled into the boot of his other car, which was parked in the yard of his home in Bulwer village on Sunday. He had been stabbed to death.

His son, Dave Poval, told The Witness that he had been alerted to the disappearance of his father by a friend who had gone to see his dad on Sunday afternoon and could not find him.

Poval lived alone after his wife died in March.

“When I got to the house it was opened in a strange way and I started to search inside the house. I discovered that his Camry was open and I opened the boot to find him there,” said Dave.

According to police spokesperson Thulani Zwane, Poval was found with an open wound in his back.

He said that on Saturday, a friend of Poval’s delivered a food parcel to him and found that his house was open and that he was nowhere to be found. She left the parcel on the table and departed, but returned on Sunday afternoon to discover that the house was still open and that his food had not been eaten. She then alerted Dave Poval.

“They searched and discovered his body in the boot of his vehicle,” said Zwane.

They also found that his other car, a white Volkswagen Jetta, was missing along with a money box containing a large amount of cash.

Zwane said police believe Poval was confronted by a group of people at his home on Saturday. They allegedly stabbed the elderly man and stuffed his body into the boot of his vehicle, took his money box and fled in his other car.

Zwane said members of the Pietermaritzburg Organised Crime Unit spotted the stolen vehicle with five men in it on Sunday night travelling along the Edendale main road towards Pietermaritzburg. They gave chase and cornered the car.

“All the occupants were immediately arrested and cash was recovered,” said Zwane. He added that the suspects, aged between 17 and 35, will appear at the Hlanganani Magistrate’s Court shortly on murder and robbery charges.

Dave Poval described his father as “the best dad in the world” who always loved to laugh with them.

Poval’s neighbour, George Pinchin, said Poval was an independent man. “He was a very quiet man that would not trouble anyone … We lost one of the friendliest men in this community and we don’t know why he was attacked like this,” said Pinchin.

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