On Thursday, January 21, Naseem Ahmed, a 29-year- old Pakistani national was arrested in South Africa for allegedly killing his girlfriend and their child.
The girlfriend Chantelle Ester Ash and their 9-month-old daughter, Tasneem Isha Ash were found strangled at a lodge in R518 road between Mokopane and Marken road in Masodi village, on the 14th of January. Their hands were tied from the back and their bodies in a state of decomposition.
Provincial police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe, who confirmed the incident said that on Tuesday, 12 January 2021 at about 19:00, “a man and woman with their nine-month-old baby were dropped off at the gate of the lodge by a grey unknown motor vehicle.”
Apparently, the trio rented a room for overnight accommodation without providing their personal information and promised the receptionist that they will check out the next day, on Wednesday 13 January 2021 at 09:00.
The following day, the receptionist decided to go and check on them and made the gruesome discovery. Furthermore, there was no presence of the male person who came to the lodge with them.
The Police were immediately notified. The 72-hour activation plan which included the Crime Intelligence, Tracking Team, Detectives, and other supporting units were mobilized.
A massive manhunt was launched which resulted in the arrest of this suspect at Brixton, in the Gauteng Province.
Ngoepe said the motive behind this incident is still not clear at this stage but domestic violence may not be ruled out.
The suspect appeared in the Mokerong Magistrate’s Court on Friday, January 22.