Girlfriend and baby killer denied bail

A man accused of killing his girlfriend and her baby was denied bail at the Verulam Magistrate’s Court on Monday. The accused, 29-year-old Bongani Gumede, had allegedly buried the lifeless bodies in a shallow grave at Desainagar -Park Avenue, Shalima Gardens.

He was remanded in custody. The investigating officer recommended that bail be opposed as the accused is a danger to the society.

Tongaat SAPS communications officer, Cpt Patrick Zithulele Ngwane, said on December 18, 2017, police attended to the complaint where it was alleged that a resident was on his way to the tuck-shop when he caught sight of a patch of blood on the pathway.

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The resident became suspicious and called the police to attend to the scene. Upon arrival, police noticed that there was a trail of blood staining the pathway following through the bush to the M4 Highway.

On closer observation, police noticed that someone had been dragged further inside the bush. They then followed the trail which led them to a heap of sand.

”The search and rescue were summoned to the scene and the two dead bodies of a woman who is about 30-years-old and a child who is about five-years-old were found in a shallow grave with the help of a sniffer dog,” said Cpt Ngwane.

Both bodies had sustained face and head injuries. He added that both bodies were then taken to the Phoenix Government Mortuary for a post-mortem. A double murder docket was opened and assigned to Tongaat SAPS detective sergeant, TS Mazwayi.

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“Detectives have been working around the clock gathering the evidence and through perseverance, the investigation revealed that the deceased boyfriend who has fled was responsible for the murder case. The investigation led to the arrest of the suspect in Jozini where he was hiding. He was detained at the Tongaat SAPS police cells,” said Cpt Ngwane.

The case was remanded to March 8, 2018. Acting station commander, Lt VD Msomi, praised the detectives for the manner in which this case was investigated and the fact that the accused was denied bail.

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