Firecracker didn't kill man - post-mortem

2011-01-26 12:16

Durban - A post-mortem has revealed that a Nongoma man was not killed by a firecracker as his mother had initially claimed.

“The body of Snooty Nsele, 24, was exhumed on Tuesday and the post-mortem revealed that he was killed by a blunt object,” said Lieutenant Colonel Thembeka Mbhele.

Nsele’s body was exhumed in Nongoma after it emerged his mother, Mantombi Nsele, 66, allegedly lied about the cause of his death.

She told police her son was struck by firecrackers.

“On Christmas day, two brothers, Mduduzi, 26, and Snooty, were playing music and lighting firecrackers at their Nongoma home when a fight broke out,” said Mbhele.

Mduduzi allegedly struck his brother on the head with a radio speaker.

The mother allegedly lied to the police to protect her son from being arrested. A funeral for the boy was hastily organised. Police were alerted by mourners who said the fatal wound did not look it had been inflicted by a firecracker.

Mduduzi and Mantombi were granted bail of R1 000 each by the Nongoma Magistrate's Court on Monday.

  • sonofagun - 2011-01-26 12:23

    R.I.P. or radio was a noisy object that took you to the other side!!!

      Darkie - 2011-01-26 15:57

      lol.....i cant help it

  • 63Starlight - 2011-01-26 12:31

    Once again this just proves the incompetence of our police force.

      BRONZE - 2011-01-26 12:38

      Incompetence? How?

      dubcoza - 2011-01-26 12:40

      Anything to take a crack at the cops?

      sonofagun - 2011-01-26 12:40

      Hallo!! Are you saying that by postmorteming every death in the country, our police force will prove their competency? They have enough serious stuff keeping them busy, such as chasing Winnie and not prosecuting her!

      Podgette - 2011-01-26 13:01

      If the mourners could see the damage was not done by firecrackers then surely the police could as well ~ unless I am not reading correctly is sounds as though the mother lied to the police before the son was buried?

      Ian - 2011-01-26 13:01

      what are you on about dude?

      Janine - 2011-01-26 13:17

      If you had read the previous reports you would know that the mother had her son buried soon after he was killed so that the police couldn't examine the body. Hence the exhumation. Get your facts right before taking a swipe at the police.

      Alwyn - 2011-01-26 13:28

      Maybe you dont understand how things work?,If a person was killed by a fire cracker by his own doing it would have been an inquest ,but the post mortem proved that this was not the case so the inquest docket was changed to murder docket,no incompetence from the SAP ,SO FIRST GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT

  • shawntx10 - 2011-01-26 12:35

    The mother should now be locked up as well

      sonofagun - 2011-01-26 12:45

      Why? For trying to protect her only live sibling?...She was just being a Mother. She may have faulted in her way of doing so, but if you believe she should be locked up for acting on her instincts, there should be a lot of moms behind bars.

      GBES - 2011-01-26 13:22

      A mother`s love.Its been like that for millenia,they will fight to protect their offspring.

      Worldwise - 2011-01-26 14:48

      If she tried to defeat the ends of justice she should be locked up. Motherly protective instinct or not, she broke the law.

      IceBlaster - 2011-01-26 14:50

      She was locked up hence the bail, hopefully/probably she is faceing charges of accessory to murder.

  • BRONZE - 2011-01-26 12:39

    And they thought they'll get away with it.

  • spiceinc - 2011-01-26 12:47

    Not that I condone lying but to a larger extent I understand why the mother lied, she’s lost one son and by telling the truth she risked loosing the other.

  • brianR - 2011-01-26 14:06

    It's murder on the dance floor

  • Andre - 2011-01-26 14:38

    Well two brothers, 26 & 24, playing with firecrackers... I can see how that could get out of hand quickly. I doubt if it should be seen as murder though. If for example someone threw a cracker down your shirt, it would invoke a violent reflex reaction and that itself cannot be seen as murder... mix a bit of alcohol in that scenario and you have more than enough danger to end someone's life. As for the mothers biased testimony... Thats what mothers do... and probably should do. Protect their children. What a trajedy.

      Ian - 2011-01-26 15:33

      Naah dude, there were no firecrackers involved. he hit his brother with a speaker. READ before posting a comment

      sonofagun - 2011-01-26 15:58

      What a trajectory, tragedy? Oppas vir spelfoute...blondetopaz is op 'n mission om ons op te v..! So nou spring ek hom/haar net voor!

      Allin - 2011-01-26 16:59

      Maybe she didnt like the other one!!

  • catherine.mcgregor867 - 2011-01-26 15:08

    My elderly mom died at home of cancer. Four police officers came to see that all was in order. We were told that if someone dies out of a hospital, the police have to check that no crime was committed. This mother buried her son before the police could check. If you cremate someone, you need at least two doctors' signatures.

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