Man’s head found badly decomposed

2015-11-19 06:00

THE head of a murdered Umzinto man, Nawaaz Khan, was recovered on Wednesday last week by Umzinto SAPS.

Detective Service Commander, Captain Siva “RP” Pillay, the investigating officer, Detective Warrant Officer Steyn Moonsamy and a forensic expert, accompanied by other members of the detectives, recovered the head in a gumtree plantation in Ellingham, adjacent to the N2 in Park Rynie.

“Investigators were informed that the community of the Msholozi temporary housing settlement in Umzinto had surrounded a house that the wanted suspect had visited,” said police spokesperson Captain Vincent Pandarum.

A 31-year-old man was arrested and detained.

Elias Sihle Mchunu, alias “Maak n’ Plan,” who lives in Malangeni, appeared in Umzinto Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

The case was postponed to 19 November.

Investigations began on 31 October and led detectives to the scene where the head was buried.

It was found in an advanced state of decomposition and had been placed in several plastic shopping bags.

It has been removed to the Park Rynie State Mortuary where tissue samples will be obtained for forensic analysis to confirm that it is that of the deceased, who went missing on 31 October.

Khan’s friend, Thandowakhe Thando Duma (21) gave in to police while being questioned and revealed the details of how a witch doctor told him to obtain a human head in order to make his problems disappear.

He appeared in court this week and the case was postponed to tomorrow, 19 November.

- Supplied.

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