Young mom stabbed several times
Brymore murder victim’s engagement ring stolen
The young mother who was murdered in her home on Wednesday was stabbed three times – twice in the neck and once in the upper body – police confirmed on Thursday, also revealing that a crack team of detectives had been assigned to the case.
Kelly Bain, 26, the mother of a five-year-old and a newborn, died after she was stabbed in a suspected house robbery at her Shabani Road townhouse in Brymore.
Police said it appeared that only Bain’s engagement ring had been stolen.
The team of detectives assigned to the case specialise in serious and violent crimes.
Police said they were still investigating whether or not a man caught on CCTV running from the scene was the killer.
Bain was at home on maternity leave with her one-month-old baby when the killer struck.
While the postmortem has not yet been finalised, police confirmed that Bain was stabbed three times.Due to the gravity of the crime, police have put together a team of 12 to investigate.
While the postmortem was undertaken on Thursday morning, detectives are waiting for the coroner’s report to establish the cause of death.
It is suspected that an artery in Bain’s neck was cut.
However, that will only be confirmed when the results are concluded.
Detectives obtained video footage from a nearby house showing a “tall man” running across a grass field behind the house in the direction of Kabega Road.
Additional footage showed a man matching the description climbing onto the back of a bakkie which had stopped to give a group of workers a lift.
Police spokesperson Captain Johan Rheeder said they were still scrutinising the footage to ascertain if the man was in fact involved with the murder or if he was simply a person catching a lift.
Rheeder said Mount Road Cluster office detectives attached to the Trio Crime Unit would be working with detectives from the Kabega Park police station.The cluster office is home to several veteran detectives from police stations across the Bay.
Rheeder also confirmed that the only item that had been identified as being missing was Bain’s engagement ring which she was thought to be wearing at the time of the attack.
“The family is still in shock, all that is confirmed missing at this stage is the engagement ring,” he said.
“They will be going through their belongings to determine if anything else is missing.”
Asked about the knife used to stab Bain, Rheeder said a large knife was found inside the house and taken away by forensic experts.
Bain’s fiancé Christopher Bonus, 34, arrived home to find the attacker inside the bedroom, leading to a fight with the killer.
During the scuffle, the attacker escaped and jumped over the boundary wall bordering the Baakens Valley before running away.