KZN mom wants justice after daughter’s ‘suicide’ is ruled a brutal murder

2017-12-21 14:06
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A Durban mother is seeking justice for the alleged murder of her 34-year-old daughter, Nisha Wentzel.

Nisha was found dead in her home in Middelburg in Mpumalanga on 18 November, in what appeared to have been a suicide.

Convinced her daughter, a three-time cancer survivor, would never attempt to end her life, her mother Rose Henry dug deeper, soliciting the help of KTT forensic investigators.

Nisha’s husband, Shane Wentzel, has now been implicated in the crime.

According to The Middelburg Observer, postmortem results reveal that Nisha died in a “much more violent way”. The publication reports that “she had a cracked skull, broken ribs and strangulation marks around her neck”.

Shane (also 34) is currently in police custody after appearing in the Middelburg High Court on 11 December.

According to The Post, Nisha’s mother Rose said the couple got engaged only a week after knowing each other and married a few weeks later back in 2005. Nisha had met Shane after moving to Mpumalanga from Durban where she worked as a hairdresser. She was only 21 at the time.

Rose told the Post that she was concerned about Shane’s aloof behaviour, when she visited her daughter and son-in-law earlier this year but Nisha brushed it off, telling her not to worry but later confessed about their problems and that she wanted out of the marriage.

The paper goes on to report that Shane knew about her plans to file for a divorce.

It was through the evidence gathered including, a letter from lawyers confirming Nisha was seeking a divorce and images of the injuries to Nisha’s body that the police re-opened the case.

The Post reports that Shane’s family declined to comment. He is due back in court in January.

Sources: The Post, The Middelburg Observer

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