Scene staged to look as if man killed mom, then himself. Cops aren’t fooled

Rope around victim's neck not enough to maintain murder-suicide ruse.
Rope around victim's neck not enough to maintain murder-suicide ruse.
Image: 123RF/Paul Fleet

Policemen who burst through a locked door in Sifiso Ntozake’s home on the KZN south coast were assailed with the acrid smell of death when they found the bodies of the 34-year-old and his elderly mother covered by blankets.

And as investigators took in the scene, a suspicious length of rope wrapped around Ntozake’s neck stuck out as a crucial piece of evidence which they believe was planted as a red herring in a carefully staged suicide.

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