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Man falls six storeys to his death

by Toyah Lord
21 Feb 2007
Peoples Post
Peoples Post

A 27-year-old man from Crawford fell to his death from a six storey residential building in Cape Town last week Thursday. This follows an argument that broke out between himself and a woman, who is believed to be a prostitute, in the early hours of the morning.

Captain Andre Traut, spokesperson for the Cape Town Central Police Station, says that a street child who witnessed the incident saw Grant Monterio and a 24-year-old woman arriving at Senator Park, on the corner of Green and Keerom Street shortly after 04:40 after a night on the town.

Monterio tried to enter the building with the woman, but due to the policy of no visitors after certain hours, the security officer wouldn't let him enter. Traut says the couple proceeded to bribe the security officer by offering him money in return for permission to enter, at which point the officer took the money and let Monterio enter the premises.

"Shortly after they went upstairs, Monterio was seen in the windowsill on the sixth floor, while the voices of people arguing and screaming came out of the window of the flat," Traut says. "The next minute, the witness saw Monterio fall to the ground, where he died on the scene."

Police are still uncertain as to whether he jumped or was pushed out of the window, but upon investigating the flat and finding shoe skid marks along the wall next to the window, they have reason to believe that it could be murder.

The 24-year-old woman, as well as three men between the ages of 27 and 29 who were in the flat at the time of the incident, were arrested shortly after the incident on charges of murder.

Traut says the women and two of the men were released with no bail fee after the prosecutor felt the police had no grounds in which to hold the suspects in custody. The other suspect, however, remains in police custody. The court case for the four suspects has yet to be scheduled due to further investigations.

A funeral was held for Monterio, who had only been home for the last two months after spending four years in the United Kingdom, last week Friday at St John's in Belgravia. Still trying to come to terms with what has happened, Pierre Monterio, Grant's brother, says, "It is still hard to believe he's gone".

When asked whether Grant had any problems in his life that would have led him to take his own life, Pierre told People's Post that Grant was "not that kind of person" and would "definitely not" have jumped out of the window.

"My parents saw him the night before it happened and he was his usual happy self," Pierre says quietly. "I believe he was murdered." "To those who are responsible for his death, I say nothing as I leave it in the Lord's hands, knowing He will take care of it."

Anyone who has any information that could help the police solve the case, is requested to contact the investigating officer, Sergeant Donovan Gaffley from the Cape Town Central Detectives branch, on (021) 467 6873 or 082 641 1185.

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