Two men murdered in mystery crimes

2015-08-18 09:07

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Pietermaritzburg - Two separate murder incidents in the city have left police puzzled and a family reeling with shock.

Confusion surrounds the motives for the murders of two men, in two unrelated incidents a week apart, that police sources have described as “brutal” and “shocking”.

In the first incident, Copesville resident Nazir Naicker, 33, was allegedly beaten and set alight on Friday, August 7.

Naicker died six days later at Northdale Hospital, succumbing to his multiple burn wounds.

The Witness spoke to a family member on Monday, three days after his funeral in Northdale, who said there is “still a lot of confusion”.

The family member, who asked not to be named in fear of victimisation from Naicker’s alleged killers, said Naicker was burnt from the face down.

“From what I am told, he [Naicker] went to visit his friends on Friday. I do not know what happened from there but when we went to the hospital to see him, a woman told us he was dropped off by a blue car and told to run into the hospital,” the family member said.

Naicker reportedly fled from the vehicle into the hospital, wearing only his boxer shorts, with extensive burn wounds across his body.

The family member said Naicker’s friends came to the home he rented in Copesville and left his pants and shoes, which were in a good condition, with the homeowner.

“All the time that he was in the hospital he would not speak to me about what happened. I asked if he had fallen into a fire and he said no. He died on the same morning that he was ready to make a statement to the police,” the family member said.

The member believe Naicker was stripped, beaten and set alight with paraffin. “We loved to have fun and hang out with his friends. We are so traumatised by everything and are hoping justice is done.”

Naicker is survived by his partner and two young children.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Mthokozisi Ngobese said Naicker had given a statement to a family member identifying his attackers before he died.

“His attackers allegedly threatened to harm his family if he spoke to the police,” Ngobese said.

He said one suspect has been arrested in this case.

Second incident

In the second incident, a policeman was patrolling the CBD when he was stopped by someone asking for police assistance.

The policeman rushed to North Road, just off Victoria Road, where a homeless man was found dead on the verandah of a business premises.

The man, identified as Ian Potgieter, 35, was lying in a pool of blood streaming from wounds on his head, where he was allegedly beaten with a brick.

Potgieter was declared dead at the scene.

Ngobese said the motive for the killing is unknown but one suspect has been arrested.

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