Forbidden love allegedly led to Cape Town dad's murder

2016-07-21 16:03
The Strand Magistrate's Court. (Photo supplied)

The Strand Magistrate's Court. (Photo supplied)

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Cape Town - A tale of forbidden love is believed to be behind the murder of a 46-year-old man, allegedly at the hands of his teenage daughter and her boyfriend.

Taufeeq Montjies, 21, and his 17-year-old girlfriend appeared in the Strand Magistrate's Court on Thursday on charges of murder and defeating the ends of justice, following the death of the man two weeks ago.

He cannot be named to protect the identity of his daughter, who is a minor.

The man was found dead in his Petunia Street, Broadlands Park, home on July 4 after he ostensibly committed suicide.

But further investigation by police found that foul play was involved, resulting in the arrest of the young couple shortly thereafter.

According to investigating officer Andrew Braaf, police responded to the scene early that morning when the teen reported that she had found her father hanging in the passage of their home when she woke up.
An inquest docket was opened, but during investigations, it was ruled to be a murder, he said during Montjies’s bail application.

Braaf testified that the teen had confessed to police that she and her boyfriend had planned to kill her father following a fallout about them lying in her bedroom with her door closed the day before his murder.

"That Sunday, her father had been intoxicated. He had knocked on her bedroom door and told her to open it as she was underage, expressing his unhappiness that they were inside behind a locked door together," he said.

Discussed how they would kill him

The two, who had apparently started planning the murder a week before the man’s death, then discussed how they would kill him, Braaf told the court.

"The girl’s father then went to lay down and later again knocked on the door. 

"[As discussed], they opened it and threw water in his face before attacking him, with the struggle taking them through the passage and into the kitchen.

"They all landed on the floor, as the man was unstable due to being under the influence. [Montjies] then grabbed him by the neck, while the girl held her father’s mouth closed so that he couldn’t scream."

The teenager then allegedly went to fetch a rope or shoelace, and Moutjies is accused of strangling him with it.

"He told her to fetch socks to cover their hands. When she returned, she saw that her father was no longer moving and his tongue was hanging out of his mouth."

Braaf said the two then went to the lounge to smoke, leaving her father on the kitchen floor.

"They discussed what they would do next. A sheet was torn into a noose, which they hung from a beam through a hole in the ceiling. They dragged him from the kitchen into the passage and hung him."

The two then smoked in her bedroom, wherafter they decided that Montjies would leave and the girl should wait until she told a neighbour that her father had committed suicide, Braaf testified.

Two were inseparable

A facecloth was allegedly used to wipe down the murdered man’s bruised body. 

"At 6:35, she went to the neighbour and told her her father had hung himself and that she had cut him loose. She said he had already been cold."

Braaf said, after giving police false statements, both later confessed to him that they had killed him.

Their statements, however, differed as Montjies said he and his girlfriend’s father had fought and he had throttled him with the tie of his hoodie.

Montjies claimed his girlfriend told him the next day that her father had died.

Braaf said the two were inseparable and lived in the same street.

The teenager moved into her father’s home three months prior to his death.

She had previously lived with her mother, whom Montjies had also allegedly threatened to kill in the past.

"Both of their parents said it was a struggle to keep them apart, but they are attached to each other," Braaf testified.

Teen abandons bail application

The argument was apparently due to her being underage.

"Montjies had, in the past, had words with the girl’s mother and there was also an incident of assault where the police were called, but no charges were laid."

Braaf said residents had threatened to kill the two should they be released on bail.

Shocked locals expressed their outrage during proceedings, with some gasping as the details of the man’s death was presented to the court. 

Montjies, who declined to answer when questioned on the confession he gave police, told Magistrate Karen Scheepers that he wanted to be released on bail so that he could return to work at a petrol station to provide for his three-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.

The premeditated murder was registered as a Schedule Six offense, meaning the onus was on the accused to prove to the court that there were special circumstances justifying his release.

Scheepers denied Montjies bail, ruling that he had not met the criteria.

The teen earlier abandoned her bail application and was referred to a place of safety until her next appearance.

The matter was postponed to August 18.

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