Domestic worker bound, gagged while robbers kill employer in her bed

2016-03-01 12:30
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Durban – A domestic worker was tied to a dining room chair and gagged while two men went into her employer's bedroom and suffocated her to death in an upmarket Musgrave apartment on Monday morning.

A source close to the family, who asked not to be named, said Shakila Singh, 56, was still in bed when two men gained entry to her secure upmarket Musgrave Road penthouse in Durban.

"It appears as though two men accosted the domestic worker, bound and gagged her to a dining room chair and then made their way to her bedroom.

"She was still in bed when they walked in. They suffocated her, then walked back down past the domestic worker and exited. The domestic worker managed to free herself and raise the alarm after she got no response from her."

The source said Singh was a wonderful woman.

"She was a really lovely person that did not deserve this."

‘They knew what they were doing’

The source said the suspects were not known and did not force their way into the complex.

"They knew exactly what they were doing," said the source.

Berea residents have expressed their shock and outrage at the crime that took place in broad daylight.

"Save our Berea" on its Facebook page said it was appalled by Singh’s murder.

"This is a busy road with traffic and there are numerous pedestrians walking past the complex, which is a mere 75m from Musgrave Centre.

"The fact that these thugs can invade the sanctity of a person’s home in broad daylight shows that crime is now out of control," the community organisation said.

"To say that the people of the Berea are angry is an understatement… We urge more of you to attend CPF meetings and to join or share information with the crime prevention groups in your area," it said.

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