Siam Lee Wiki
Siam Lee Bio
|Siam Lee was a 20 years old resident of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and the daughter of Carmen Nan Lee. On 6th Janaury 2018, Lee’s burnt body was found at a sugar cane farm in New Hanover, around the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and was identified by a family member after she had gone missing for a week. Although her identity had an agonising wait to be confirmed by the police, DNA results confirmed the worst. Philani Ntuli a Businessman in his thirties was identified as the suspect behind the murder.|
|Siam Lee Personal details|
|Siam Lee Age||She was 20 years old as at the time of his death|
|Siam Lee Disappearance||She went missing on 4th Janaury 2018|
|Siam Lee Found Dead||Her dead body was discorevered on 6th January 2018 at a sugar cane farm in New Hanover|
|Siam Lee Cause of Death||She suffered 90% burns and was killed by a haemorrhage to the brain|
|Siam Lee Mother||Carmen Nan Lee|
|Siam Lee Suspected Murderer||Philani Ntuli|
|Siam Lee Occupation||Both Siam and Carmen were sex workers, who carried out sensual massage services.|
Siam Lee Disappearance & Death
Siam was last seen leaving her workplace in Margaret Mayton Road, Durban North , on January 4, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. local time.
On Saturday, 6th January 2018, her body had been found in a secluded cane field near New Hanover, KwaZulu-Natal by a farmer traveling on a district road.
Siam Lee Suspect, Investigation & Trial
Siam had been receiving threats from an unknown man for months before her disappearance.
Twenty-year-old Lee’s burnt body was found at a sugar cane farm in New Hanover, around the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands in January and was identified by a family member after she had gone missing for a week. Although her identity had an agonising wait to be confirmed by the police, DNA results confirmed the worst.
The suspect was arrested at his home in Assagai, near Hillcrest last night on 16th January 2018. He has since been named as Philani Ntuli, a businessman in his thirties.
The trial of Philani Ntuli accused of murdering Siam Lee resumed on Wednesday 14th November 2018, as the prosecution detailed the final few moments of the sex worker’s life. It is alleged that Philani Ntuli kidnapped and then murdered Siam Lee. He is also on trial for charges of crimen injuria and rape.
Ntuli is said to have been “jilted” by Lee, who said she no longer wanted to see him on 4th January 2018. He then arrived at her Smidtshoek Farm residence in New Hanover, in a black Mercedes-Benz Vianom, and threw her into the vehicle. He held her captive for a day, before executing the murder.
She was then dumped in the field, doused with petrol, and set alight. Lee was alive when her Ntuli decided to burn her. She suffered 90% burns and was killed by a haemorrhage to the brain, which occurred as a result of the cruel decision to set her on fire.
Women from Kwanele Advocate against women abuse and sexual abuse shout after the man accused of killing Siam Lee as he leaves the Durban Magistrates court @TimesLIVE #SiamLee pic.twitter.com/LNiXoYT5YT
— Jackie Clausen Pics (@jackie_pics) November 14, 2018
Siam Lee Story (as reported in Times Lives)
Siam Lee had made a desperate plea for help weeks before she was murdered and her body torched in a sugar-cane field.
She allegedly reached out to an organisation that aids sex workers and told of her despair in having to lead a double life while moving from one brothel to another, all the while maintaining a façade for her family and friends.
She described the circumstances that had led her from the corridors of Crawford College to the dimly lit rooms of a massage parlour and said her service of “sensual massage” had helped keep a roof over her head and supported her mother when she was not able to work as an escort.
“The emotional wreckage it’s causing is much more severe than the physical draining,” Siam wrote in a cry for help. “My friends and family don’t know what I’m doing… my trust fund collapsed when I turned 18, and I had to resort to doing what I do to pay for a roof over my head for my mom and I.”
We started working together because I didn’t want her to work on her own because she was so naive and I didn’t want guys taking advantage of her. Carmen Nans Lee
However, before she could make her escape, she was abducted and killed, allegedly by Philani Ntuli who had become obsessed with her.
Siam’s mother, Carmen Nans Lee, told the Sunday Times that she had dropped Siam at what has now been exposed as a suburban brothel in Durban North, because the young woman had clients booked for the day, despite being sick from a New Year’s Eve party she and her mother had celebrated together.
“I haven’t washed her tie-dye dress she wore that night, I sleep with it every night,” Carmen wept.
“People have asked why Siam wasn’t working behind a bar or as a waitress, but she did that for three years.
“All her friends were going off to university, and she was between a rock and a hard place.
“All she ever did was sensual massage; she never did more than that. She was this hot 20-year-old who didn’t put out, so guys were obsessed with her.”
Carmen, an escort herself, said her daughter had entered the sex trade just eight months before.
“We started working together because I didn’t want her to work on her own since she was so naive and I didn’t want guys taking advantage of her. We called ourselves an instructor and a student in training and she didn’t do anything without me being in the room,” she said.
In June 2017, Carmen was reportedly badly burnt with boiling water while embroiled in a brawl with another sex worker.
She was unable to work, and the Lees were destitute, with Siam forced to work on her own to support them.
“After I got burnt, I couldn’t work, and Siam said: ‘Mommy, I have to work on my own now, I’ll be fine.’
“I never wanted her to be on her own in this industry. I was worried that if it ever got out that she was doing sensual massage that her name would be dragged through the mud,” Carmen said.
“She looked me in the eyes and told me that she didn’t care.
“She said if anyone questioned why she was doing something so sordid, she didn’t care because she knew why she was doing it.”
Siam’s father, Howard Greenspan, a wealthy businessman, was murdered in his Clifton penthouse apartment in 2005.
The death of Siam’s father began a protracted legal dispute for his estate.
“Since her father passed away she hasn’t gotten a thing. I kicked and screamed to make sure the estate paid for her to go to private school, and even then they stopped paying her fees halfway through her matric year,” she said.
“Out of their greed, Siam was left no choice. After leaving the school she waitressed and modelled, but she couldn’t make ends meet. She was forced to do this for the last couple of months.”
A counsellor who spoke to the Sunday Times on condition of anonymity said: “She sent us a message in September [and] we talked several times over the phone. The last I heard from her was on Boxing Day when she said she had some clothes that we could donate to the street ladies.
“She would always say that she was so emotionally broken and she was done with the game.
“Every single one of our girls is doing this for survival, and a lot of them are so profoundly broken that they don’t see that there is any way out.”