Cape Town serial killer case postponed

2015-01-12 14:42
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Cape Town - The case against a man suspected of the serial murders of six women, whose bodies were found near Century City train station, has been postponed until next Monday.

Police spokesperson Andre Traut told News24 on Monday that the suspect, from Gugulethu, will appear at Goodwood Magistrate’s Court on 19 January.

The man, who was arrested at his home on Wednesday night after being linked to the women, is expected to face multiple charges of rape and murder.

Bodies

The six bodies, which were found at two-month intervals from February, were reportedly discovered naked and lying face down with their hands tied behind their backs.

The victims, who were between the ages of 20 and 32, were all found in a field along Acre Road near the Century City train station.

Traut told News24 he could not reveal any further details as the case was ongoing.

According to reports in the Daily Voice, the suspect left his job as a security guard in the Century City area following the police discovery of the sixth body in December.

He was arrested after he used one of the victim’s phones - which was being tracked by the police.

The sixth victim, Nothemba Ndondo, 20, went missing after leaving her home in Khayelitsha on 16 December.

Employed as a cleaner at Ratanga Junction, Ndondo never turned up for work, according to a report in the Cape Times. Her body was found on 19 December.

Before Ndondo, police were reportedly unable to identify any of the other victims as their bodies were so badly decomposed.

One of the bodies was completely burnt, according to earlier media reports.

Reward

Last year, as the death toll mounted and fears of a serial killer spread, the City of Cape Town offered a R50 000 reward for information to help the police.

Pierrinne Leukes, spokesperson for Mayor Patricia de Lille, said that so far no one has claimed the reward.

Leukes told News24: “The mayor’s reward still stands. We are enquiring with the Kensington SAPS investigation office to determine whether anyone has come forward with the information that was used.”

Police investigative psychology section

A rise in serial murders in the 1990s led the police to establish an investigative psychology section.

In October Brigadier Gerard Labuschagne PhD, head of the investigative psychology section, told the Crime Stoppers International convention that the idea of serial killers as outcasts or loners was a myth.

He revealed that 60% of South Africa’s serial killers had been in a romantic relationship - and a vast 89% had been previously arrested for other crimes.

Labuschagne added: “We’ve never had an active serial murderer we have not apprehended, and we have had a 100 percent conviction rate.”

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