Woman hacked to death

2010-03-09 00:00

A DURBAN woman was hacked to death in what is believed to be a satanic ritual murder by a family member while her five-year-old son watched helplessly from his bed.

The 36-year-old woman of Mountview in Verulam north of Durban was killed in an horrific attack by a close family member on Saturday night.

It is believed that her attacker, who claims that he was told in a dream to murder the woman, used a panga to hack off pieces of her face and head.

It is believed that the suspect performed a ritual before waking up the woman’s young son to make him watch him repeatedly strike the woman with the panga.

Prem Balram, director of local security company Reaction Unit South Africa, said a neighbour called the control room after hearing the screams coming from the victim’s house.

A security guard was sent to the area and asked about the screams.

A neighbour pointed out the house, which is situated below road level.

When a security guard arrived at the house in Oleander Road, he found an Indian man with a bloodied shirt rushing out of the front door.

Balaram said the man had the victim’s child in his arms.

“The officer took the child from the man and asked about the blood on his clothing.

“The suspect at that stage only repeated that a voice had repeatedly asked him to make the sacrifice at exactly midnight,” he said.

The security guard, armed with a pistol, entered the house and found the woman lying face down between the bed and a chest of drawers in her bedroom.

“A panga was placed on her chest and parts of her face and head had been hacked off,” he said.

Balaram said the woman’s head was resting on a telephone directory.

“The suspect did not resist arrest and repeatedly spoke of this voice that had asked him to sacrifice the woman at exactly midnight as the time was right,” he said.

As they cordoned off the crime scene, even hardened police and paramedics were overcome with emotion when the gory details of the murder were revealed.

Police also battled to isolate the crime scene as angry neighbours bayed for the blood of the alleged killer.

The suspect was taken to the Verulam police station where he attempted suicide several hours later.

He has been charged with murder and will appear in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court today.

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