Quarrel over geyser boils over into murder

2016-07-18 14:46
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Pietermaritzburg - An argument over a geyser that was left on may have sparked the murder of 20-year-old Kuthula Mhlana, allegedly by a relative at their Allandale home at the weekend.

Residents in Rosham Road were awoken on Saturday night by loud wailing and pleas for help coming from one of the homes in their neighbourhood.

Neighbours scaled the fence and barged through the front door to find Mhlana lying dead in a pool of blood.

The high school pupil was allegedly stabbed four times in the chest, neck and stomach by a close relative.

The relative was arrested and will appear in court soon.

According to Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Captain Gay Ebrahim, the incident stemmed from an argument between the two relatives.

Numerous police sources alleged an argument broke out between Mhlana and his relative over why the geyser in the house was not switched off.

The relative allegedly flew into a fit of rage and stabbed Mhlana to death.

Police have recovered the knife as well as the relative’s bloodied clothes.

Speaking to The Witness on Sunday, a neighbour, who asked to remain unnamed, said he heard screaming and joined other neighbours to investigate.

“The victim’s [Mhlana’s] younger sister and aunt came out from the house screaming and we ran to help them. I had to jump over the fence because in their panic, they could not find the key for the gate,” the neighbour said.

“I found him in a pool of blood. Your first instinct is to try and revive someone but there was so much blood everywhere. I did not sleep all night with those images in my head.”

When The Witness visited the scene yesterday, another neighbour said Mhlana’s father, who is also the owner of the house, had taken his family and the other tenants to the Eastern Cape. It is believed Mhlana and his relative are originally from the Eastern Cape and were living in Pietermaritzburg, with other tenants at the house, to study.

The neighbour said the community was left traumatised and saddened by the incident as they had seen Mhlana frequently walking up and down their street.

He described Mhlana and his murder-accused relative as “pretty decent young adults”.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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