Smell led cop to 'killer's' axe in kennel

2012-11-27 21:00

Johannesburg - The axe allegedly used in the multiple killings around Durban in March last year was found stashed in a dog kennel, the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban has heard.

The axe was presented as evidence in the trial of former rugby player Phindile Joseph Ntshongwana.

The police' s Detective Warrant Officer Marius van der Looy testified that he was part of the investigation team established on 23 March 2011, following a spree of axe killings around Durban suburbs last year.

Ntshongwana was arrested five days later at his home in Yellowwood Park, southwest of Durban. Van der Looy described the axe before the court “as a small hatchet and not a big axe as one used to cut wood”.

He estimated the axe to be between 30cm to 35cm in length, while he estimated the tip of the blade to be between 6cm to 8cm long.

While searching the house for evidence on the day of Ntshongwana' s arrest, Van der Looy was called by another officer who noticed a "rotten smell" towards the back of the house.

The smell appeared to be coming from a dog kennel.

Van der Looy subsequently found the axe as well as other evidence, including black and orange refuse bags and other packets containing clothing and shoes, at the house.

The case continues.

  • wayne.vandyk.98 - 2012-11-27 21:28

    if his guilty axe him too

  • ian.robertreid - 2012-11-27 21:32

    Lock him up and throw away the key?

  • juannepierre - 2012-11-28 06:52

    What is there to say? A rapist and murderer, former rugby player... I guess where else but Zululand?

      andrew.arnesen - 2012-11-28 07:56

      Uh, how about Pretoria... What was that Blue Bulls guy's name?

      raymond.romans.5 - 2012-11-28 08:13

      Former blue bulls player.

      raymond.romans.5 - 2012-11-28 08:13

      I am referring to Ntshongwana.

      zithelozeeyonce.mnguni - 2012-11-28 11:20

      im from Zululand and be careful not to annoy us with that comment. I hate stereotypical comments like your one

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-11-28 07:55

    Yet another vicious monster - 'axecute' him too!!!

  • mart.botha - 2012-11-28 09:31

    Are you as a tax/vat payer happy that the same money you work so hard to earn, and which you grudgingly but patriotically pay into the government coffers most every day of your life, will be used to put a roof over the head, feed, protect and provide 1st class medical treatment to monsters like this who clearly (once convicted of course) have no place competing for the same clean air as the rest of us. Perhaps we should revert back to the dark ages and burn down his house, slaughter him and .....all his family. I add the last part only to emphasise that 'fear of prison is no deterrant to the errant' but I am pretty sure that there are basic human frailties that can be used to deter would be murderers/rapists.

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