KZN man stabbed to death in home invasion

2016-02-26 12:00
A Scottsville home owner was stabbed to death while trying to defend himself.

A Scottsville home owner was stabbed to death while trying to defend himself. (File)

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Pietermaritzburg - A Scottsville man was stabbed to death on Thursday evening while trying to defend himself and his possessions from two robbers who had entered his home.

The murder, which police described as “senseless and brutal”, left a small community in shock, eagerly awaiting answers from police who combed the scene late into the evening.

According to Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Mthokozisi Ngobese, two men gained entrance into a home on James Niven Road, just off Woodhouse Road, and sneaked up on a domestic worker who was busy preparing food in the kitchen.

It is alleged the robbers bound and gagged the domestic worker before locking her in the bathroom.

“The men opened the water to mask any noise from the bathroom,” Ngobese said.

A short time later, the home owner, named in a BBM crime alert as Ashraf Tajoodeen, returned, unaware of the threat he was soon to face.

Ngobese said the domestic worker had no means of alerting Tajoodeen when she heard his car park in the yard, and upon entering the house, he was confronted by the two assailants.

“A fight broke out. It is believed the home owner tried fighting off his attackers for quite some time,” Ngobese said.

However, his efforts were in vain. Tajoodeen, the owner of Lee’s Auto Sales, was stabbed to death, with knife wounds to the neck.

The two robbers escaped on foot without stealing anything from the home.

Paramedics declared Tajoodeen dead when they arrived at the scene.

When The Witness arrived at the house at 19:00, about two hours after the murder, friends, family and neighbours had flocked into the yard behind the yellow police tape, quietly speculating about what had happened.

Police were busy combing the house for evidence.

According to a Pietermaritzburg motorist, who asked not to be named, police were patrolling the N3 highway near the house in pursuit of the robbers.

“I was driving home from Durban just after 6pm when I saw three policemen standing on the highway and looking over the bridge into the Dusi River.

“As I took the Ohrtmann Road turnoff, I saw another policeman walking from the Jika Joe informal settlement with a police dog,” the motorist said.

Ngobese said officers will work tirelessly to find Tajoodeen’s killers.

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