Family remember their loved one murdered in Copesville

2015-06-12 10:16
Michael Thomas (24) who was stabbed to death after three men attacked him and stole his shoes and jacket on Friday last week.

Michael Thomas (24) who was stabbed to death after three men attacked him and stole his shoes and jacket on Friday last week. (Supplied)

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A PIETERMARITZBURG family solemnly recollected treasured thoughts and memories of their loved one, Michael Thomas, who was murdered in Copesville on Friday last week.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday, ­relatives described Thomas, who was ­commonly known as Jody, as a “gentle, lovable and respectable person”.

Walking to their Copesville home on Friday afternoon last week, Thomas (24) and his friend decided to take a short cut through a narrow path when they were confronted by three men, who attacked Thomas with a knife.

Thomas was stabbed several times in the thigh and neck and died shortly after.

His friend managed to escape, screaming to alert authorities and people nearby.

Thomas’s attackers robbed him off his shoes and leather jacket, while hiding his body in bushes nearby before they fled.

A relative, Anita Rajaram, said the ­family have left their home in Copesville because they cannot come to terms with his death.

“We still think of him as a child. People everywhere recognised him because he brought out the best in everyone,” Rajaram said.

Thomas’s girlfriend of almost six years who asked not to be named, said it was always a joy being around him.

According to her, Thomas walked from Copesville to Raisethorpe to refill a gas cylinder and buy petrol.

“He never made it back home,” his girlfriend said, trying to hold back the tears.

“My boyfriend [Thomas] always said I must promise never to mourn his death if he were to die, but I cannot keep that promise now”.

According to his family, Thomas loved cars and motorbikes and would spend his free time under his car, always “fixing something”. He worked as a mechanic and technician.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Mthokozisi Ngobese said Thomas’s ­attackers were hiding in the bushes before the incident occurred

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