"he didn’t have to take it this far.”
Police have arrested a man after his wife and baby daughter were allegedly found tied up and strangled to death in a hotel in South Africa.
It was reported that a receptionist at the Limpopo hotel found the bodies of Chantelle Ester Ash, aged 20, and her nine-month-old child Tasneem bound and gagged on January 14, 2021.
The receptionist told police that the family had arrived by car on January 12 and had not given their names or details as they were only staying one night.
In South Africa, guests are not legally required to give personal details if they are not staying for more than one night.
The decomposing bodies of the two victims were found at the lodge. They had reportedly been strangled to death with their hands tied behind their backs.
A search was launched for her husband, identified as Bangladeshi national Mohammad Nasir, aged 29.
On January 21, he was arrested in Gauteng Province and was charged with femicide and infanticide.
The victim’s mother, Annie Ash, said: “I wish he would have just phoned me and told me to go and fetch my babies, he didn’t have to take it this far.”
She went on to say that the couple had been together for four years after meeting at a wedding. Chantelle had converted to Islam so she could marry Nasir.
She said: “I was supposed to be enjoying their wedding celebrations, but now I’m planning the funeral.”
Ms Ash stated that Chantelle was her only daughter and Tasneem was her only grandchild, adding that they cannot celebrate the child turning nine-months-old:
“Now we cannot even celebrate that because she is no more, her life was cut too short.
“I keep on asking myself, why would anyone murder such a small baby, would they not have mercy for the child?”
Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe, Limpopo spokesperson for the South African Police Service, explained that Nasir will remain in custody until January 29.
He said: “The 29-year-old suspect, Mohammad Nasir, arrested in connection with the alleged murder of his 20-year-old partner, Chantelle Ester Ash, and their nine-month-old baby girl, Tasneem Isha Ash, at a lodge along the R518 road between Mokopane and Marken road, near Masodi village, has today, on 22 January 2021, appeared before the Mokerong Magistrate’s Court.
“The deceased were on Thursday, 14 January 2021, found strangled with their hands tied from the back and their bodies being in a state of decomposition.
“The motive behind this incident is still not clear at this stage, but domestic violence may not be ruled out.
“The police investigations are still underway.”