Teens behead man

2009-06-16 00:00

A 52-YEAR-OLD man was decapitated in front of his son during a street fight in a Pietermaritzburg township on Sunday. Three teenagers, two brothers and a cousin, have been arrested in connection with the murder.

It is alleged that Kishore Ramdayal was beheaded and his 24-year-old son, who asked The Witness not to name him for fear of victimisation, was assaulted by a Copesville family gang that has been accused of terrorising residents in Malachite Place.

The gruesome murder of Ramdayal happened in front of the accused family’s home in Malachite Place on Sunday evening.

Residents who witnessed the murder said they were horrified by what they saw. “It was a terrible sight. I am 54 years old now, but I have never seen anything like this in my life,” said one.

Ramdayal’s throat was slit, and he had injuries on his face. His son found him bleeding and dragged him about five metres across the road to the light of a street lamp, but he was already dead, his head almost severed from his neck.

Events leading to Ramdayal’s beheading are not clear, but witnesses said the suspects were involved in a fight with another man earlier in the day.

The Witness spoke to the man who was allegedly assaulted by the family before the murder. He said he was still nursing his injuries at home and will report the matter to the police soon.

“I was walking down the street when these boys and women attacked me and beat me with iron rods. They hit me and left me unconscious. Some friends came to rescue me and carried me home. I might have been killed.”

Ramdayal’s son claims that his father was one of those who helped the unconscious man.

“Myself and Dad were trying to separate [those who were fighting]. I saw that they [the suspects] were pulling my dad and I went home for help. When I came back my father was lying on the floor and they were busy hacking him.” In an attempt to distract the attackers, he broke the windows of the suspects’ bakkie. “They chased me and hit me with an iron rod and I hit back with a bush-knife,” he said.

There have been conflicting reports about the weapon used in the murder. Some witnesses said it was a bush-knife, others that it was a panga, but the police said a knife was used to slit Ramdayal’s throat.

Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram said the three suspects are aged 18 and 19.

According to witnesses, five women, including the mother of the two brothers, were also involved in the fight. The family have been accused of instilling fear among residents.

“Every week there is a fight and they are always involved. They are young gangsters. People live in fear around here,” said one of the residents, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

None of the people who spoke to The Witness was willing to have their name in the paper because they “might be next”.

The Ramdayal family said their father “was at the wrong place at the wrong time”.


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