Cops nab church-going cannibal after 18-month manhunt

2014-04-25 16:35

A man accused of hacking and eating two people in Lesotho has been captured by the South African Police Services (SAPS) after 18 months of pursuit.

“After months of liaison between Lesotho and South African police, with the assistance of Interpol South Africa and the use of various innovative techniques, the tracking team arrested their man on 7 April 2014 at a church in Amaoti, Inanda, KwaZulu-Natal,” the SAPS said today.

Makhele Lehlohonolo Joseph Scott (27) was arrested in July 2012 after police received a tip-off connecting him to the disappearance a 13-year-old boy in Berea, Lesotho.

The boy disappeared in January 2012 but his limbs, torso and head were later found by villagers. When police searched Scott’s home, they found a bakkie containing two human arms, a leg, a penis and testicles.

Some of these body parts were later identified as belonging to Kamohelo Mohata (22), who had also disappeared.

Following his arrest, Scott confessed to the murders – also adding that he had cooked and eaten parts of his victims.

He then took the police to a shallow grave where they found a torso and a thigh. Later, Scott led police to a local primary school where a human head, two feet, lungs, a heart and intestines were found in one of the pit latrines.

Scott was subsequently charged on two counts of murder. The matter was set to appear in the high court but he escaped from Maseru Central Prison in October 2012 before his court appearance.

“A warrant of arrest was issued and an application was made to Interpol in Pretoria for assistance to apprehend the suspect as there was a strong possibility that he had fled to South Africa,” said the SAPS.

Thanks to collaborative work between the KZN SAPS provincial tracking team and Interpol South Africa, Scott was captured while singing and playing music in a church band.

“He was very surprised when he was approached by SAPS members and arrested,” said the police. Scott had been living on the church premises.

“The tenacity of the SAPS tracking team in exploring all avenues to trace their suspect is to be lauded. It is important for us to work closely with our neighbours to ensure that justice is served and that criminals are not given safe refuge in our country,” said National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega.

Scott is set to appear in court on May 15 and will remain in police custody until his court date.

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