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Mutilated, burnt girl's 'killer' caught

2010-08-30 21:16

Johannesburg - A 32-year-old man was arrested in connection with the murder of a girl, 9, in Phomola Park near Leondale, East Rand police said on Monday.

Manaka Rapholo said the man was arrested on Friday, after the body of Precious Khumalo was found in a shallow grave.

Precious went missing on Thursday.

Rapholo said the girl was stripped naked, hand cuffed, chopped with an axe and burnt. Her body was then wheeled in a wheelbarrow to an open veld where her she was dumped into a shallow grave.

A wheelbarrow, an axe and a spade were also found at the man's house.

"The man is silent, we do not know why he killed the child... it was a terrible sight", he said.

Rapholo said the child might have been raped before she was murdered, but further investigation would determined this.

Mob justice

"For now we cannot confirm rape pending investigation."

He said the girl's clothes and part of her hair pieces were found at the house.

"Police whisked him away from irate community members who wanted to mete mob justice to him," he said adding that the man would appear in court soon.

Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy expressed shock at the brutal murder, her spokesperson said on Monday.

"The MEC visited the family on Monday to express her condolences," spokesperson Charles Phahlane said.

He said Creecy also visited the spot were the body was buried.