Woman found dead in toilet

2009-02-25 00:00

Mystery surrounds the discovery of the unidentified, battered body of a young Indian woman that was found in a toilet in the city centre yesterday.

A cleaner at the Gani Flats, on the corner of East and Loop streets, described her shock on finding the body.

The woman said she had just finished cleaning the staircase and was about to start on the outside toilets.

She tried to enter the toilet area, but struggled to open the door. After peering into the toilets, she saw the “arm of a woman turned upwards on the floor” and was so stunned she turned around and ran to get help.

Police said the young woman had sustained three stab wounds, two to the abdomen and one to the neck.

The woman was wearing an Indian-style white shirt that was drenched with her blood.

Her black pants were dirty from mud, as though she had been dragged into the outside toilets.

Police described the woman as being approximately 1,6 metres tall with shoulder-length black hair.

They found a copy of a birth certificate on her person that revealed that the woman may be 27 years old.

Police do not know whether the birth certificate belonged to the woman, so they cannot reveal any information until her body has been identified.

The only comment that police received from people who lived in the flats or worked in the surrounding areas was that they had heard the screams of a young woman, but no-one responded to her cries for help.

Inspector Joey Jeevan said that it is suspected that this murder may be linked to another murder that took place last week Thursday.

Police recovered the body of an unidentified black male, who had sustained multiple stab wounds, in the outside public toilets of Paton Street, two streets away from where the woman was found.

The man, who was described by the police as being “approximately 1,76 metres tall, clean shaven, with short hair and wearing blue jeans and a light blue T-shirt” also remains unidentified.

Police ask anyone who may have information about the case to contact Investigating Officer Detective Rajeev Soorajbally at 082 5632 172 or 033 845 2751 or call Crime Stop toll free at 0860 10111.

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