Police spokesperson Thulani Zwane has confirmed that Durban police have arrested a man in connection with the abduction and murder of Siam Lee.
Details around the arrest are scant at this stage but sources said the suspect was arrested near Assagai and that a Mercedes Benz Vito – thought to be the same one Lee was said to have been seen leaving in that afternoon – was recovered.
An unlicensed 9mm pistol and the suspect’s personal cell phone was also said to have been seized.
Lee’s details were apparently found on his cellphone. Sources also said that what they believed could be blood stains were found in the house at which the suspect was arrested. DNA testing was thought to be underway.
A KwaZulu-Natal private investigator who, together with police, arrested a man accused of killing and burning the body of a 20-year-old woman, has described the suspect as “highly intelligent”…
Brad Nathanson said he took on the much-publicised case of Siam Lee, who was kidnapped and killed, on a pro bono basis.
“This was not about the money,” he said.
Nathanson spoke to News24 on Thursday after a man accused of kidnapping and burning Lee’s body was apprehended in Assagay on Wednesday.
He said the man appeared to be “highly intelligent”. “He is a biochemist, speaks beautiful English and hardly the kind of guy you picture committing a crime of this nature.” “He is the complete opposite of what one might imagine. If I lined up 100 guys and ranked who could have killed her, he would be 100. He is so unassuming. He lives right here amongst everybody. In a good suburb.”
Nathanson said that the vehicle alleged to be used in Lee’s kidnapping was found at the Assagay property in Hillcrest on Wednesday morning. The accused was arrested just hours later.
“We had information that he was on the M13, and waited at his home. When he came in, he was nabbed.” Nathanson said the man was “cocky and cheeky” during the arrest.
“He didn’t want cuffs on him initially.” “It also appears that the car was dinged up. He could have been in an accident in it. It was taken to Pinetown Police Station.”
Sources close to the investigation say the man is expected to appear in court on Friday.
Police spokesperson Thulani Zwane confirmed that one arrest had been made. Lee’s burnt body was found on a farm in New Hanover by a farmer just two days after her disappearance, although it was only identified by relatives five days later.
After her disappearance, police put out an identikit of the man who was said to be driving a Mercedes-Benz Vito.