Durban family seeking answers after son’s mysterious death

2018-03-08 13:34
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A Durban family is struggling to make headway in the case of the death of their 22-year-old son, Desmond Roberts, on New Year’s Day.

Desmond was allegedly murdered at the flat he shared with a friend in Escombe in Queensburgh, Durban.

According to police, a woman claiming to be Desmond’s girlfriend alleges she found him stabbing himself in the chest and ran to call the landlord. She says that when she got back to the flat she found him slitting his throat.

It’s the same story she shared with Desmond’s family but they’re adamant Desmond wasn’t suicidal.

His stepfather, Lee MacDonald, says Desmond, who worked for the family business, had only met the woman two days before his death.

He says the family had seen and spoken to Desmond the night before.

“He was in no way suicidal or upset. He’d asked us not to forget to fetch him the next morning because he wanted to come over and fetch his daughter and spend New Year’s Day with us and braai.

"Desmond was always very open and honest with us. If he was feeling suicidal he would have called us and said he’s not doing well [and to] come pick [him] up,” Lee says.

The family were told about the tragic incident by Desmond’s friends on New Year’s Day. His mom, Anlie MacDonald, says the extent of the injuries was severe.

“He had two stab wounds to his chest and his throat was slit [so] that his head was basically hanging [from] one piece of skin,” she said.

Police have confirmed they’re investigating a case of murder. No arrests have yet been made.

The family have sought the assistance of a private investigator. “It’s been terrible, a nightmare,” Lee says, adding that what baffles him is that no one has been charged or taken in for questioning.

“We’d just like answers and justice to be served. It just seems very unfair,” he says.

Desmond left behind a two-year-old daughter, who lives with her mom in Durban North, his four older sisters, his mother and stepfather.

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