Chelsea Pieterse
1 minute read
26 Oct 2015
10:46

Lovers’ tiff ends in murder, suicide bid

Chelsea Pieterse

A lovers' quarrel has ended in tragedy after a man shot his girlfriend and then turned the gun on himself.

Pietermaritzburg – A lovers’ quarrel ended in tragedy on
Sunday afternoon after a man shot his girlfriend and then turned the gun on
himself.

It was alleged that the man, 38, had been renting a room at
the former Dusale Hotel in Edendale when an argument broke out between him and
his visiting girlfriend.

Plessislaer SAPS spokesperson Captain Musa Ntombela said it
was alleged that the man saw his girlfriend, Fundisile Ngcobo, texting someone
on her cellphone and grabbed the phone from her.

“It is believed that he saw that his girlfriend had been
talking to her ex-boyfriend and an argument broke out,” said Ntombela.

He said a frightened Ngcobo called her sister and
brother-in-law to come and fetch her. However, they were seconds too late.

Ntombela said as the two family members arrived, they heard
gunshots and when they went up to the man’s room, they found Ngcobo dead and
her boyfriend lying motionless.

ER24 paramedic Carla Potgieter said Ngcobo had sustained a
single gunshot wound to her chest and was thought to have died instantly. The
man had shot himself in the head.

“When we walked into the room, the man was still alive and
gasping for air,” she said.

She said he was sitting in an upright position and advanced
life support paramedics worked quickly to stabilise him.

The man was then transported to Edendale hospital where he
was in a critical condition.