‘Killer soul mate’ nabbed

2010-11-03 12:47

A man believed to have murdered women he met through a popular radio match-making show has been arrested.

Limpopo police spokesperson Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said the 37-year-old suspect was picked up on Sunday night at Mahwibidung village near Lenyenye, outside Tzaneen.

“We have cracked this guy who hooked up with the girls through a programme on radio. We do not know what else he did with them, but he killed them and dumped their bodies in the bushes near Tzaneen,” Ngoepe said.

He said the suspect led the police to a site near the town, 100km east of Polokwane, where two bodies were found buried in shallow graves.

The women – both 25 and employed in the retail industry – disappeared between June and last month.

They hailed from Senwabarwana, about 100km north-west of Polokwane, and Lebowakgomo, 60km south-east of the city.

After they called the show asking to be hooked up with potential life partners, the suspect apparently contacted them and arranged to meet them.

He picked them up in his car in Polokwane and that was the last time they were seen.

Ngoepe added: “We found cellphones and other personal items of the deceased in his possession.

“With regard to evidence, we are satisfied. We have travelled a long way. There was a time when he answered the cellphones of the deceased when their families called. At one point, he demanded money, saying if he got it he would release the victims.”

His arrest came exactly a year after he was released on parole following a 17-year jail sentence for rape.

He will appear before the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court tomorrow on two counts of murder and two of kidnapping.

Ngoepe said additional charges of rape could not be ruled out.

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