‘Shallow grave’ suspect denied bail

2018-01-18 06:01

THE murder suspect accused of killing his 30-year-old girlfriend and her five-year-old child on December 18, 2017 was denied bail at the Verulam Magistrate’s Court on Monday, January 8.

Bongani Gumede (29), is accused of killing the two and burying their bodies in a shallow grave at Dasainagar Park Avenue, Shalima Gardens along the M4 highway.

Gumede was arrested shortly after the police were alerted about the two bodies found in the bush. The victims sustained face and head injuries.

According to information from Tongaat SAPS, a passer-by on his way to a tuck shop saw a trail of blood on the pathway. The informer became suspicious and called the police to the scene.
The two bodies were then taken to the Phoenix government mortuary for a post-mortem. A double murder docket was opened and assigned to SAPS Tongaat Detective Sergeant TS Mazwayi.
Tongaat SAPS spokesperson Captain Patrick Ngwane said: “Detectives worked around the clock gathering evidence and through perseverance the investigation revealed that the deceased’s boyfriend, who fled [the area] was responsible for the murder. The investigation led to the arrest of suspect at Jozini where the he was hiding and was detained at SAPS Tongaat police cells.”

Ngwane said on arrival the police noticed a trail of blood on the pathway going through the bush to the M4.

“On closer observation police noticed that someone had been dragged further inside the bush. Police then followed the trail which led them to a heap of sand.
“The search and rescue unit was summoned and the two dead bodies were found in a shallow grave with the help of a sniffer dog.”

Ngwane said the investigating officer re-commended that bail be opposed because the suspect was a danger to society.

The acting station commander Lieutenant VD Msomi praised the detectives for the manner in which this case was investigated and the fact that the accused was denied bail.
The case was adjourned until March 18. The suspect will be in custody until his next court appearance. — Supplied.


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