Murder, rape suspect held

2016-07-20 13:41
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Pietermaritzburg - The actions of a dedicated community member and quick response from the police led to the arrest of a man for a brutal rape and murder on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old man was arrested for allegedly raping a woman at her home in Pine Street in the city centre during the early hours of yesterday morning.

It is believed that the suspect also slit the woman’s throat after sexually molesting her, leaving her body in a pool of blood in a yard.

The incident occurred at about 3 am yesterday morning.

According to Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese, a community member walking past the house in the early hours peered into the yard and saw the suspect on top of the woman, who was lying motionless on the ground.

As the passerby walked closer, it is believed the suspect sprang to his feet and bolted down the road when he realised someone had seen him.

When the shocked passerby saw the blood oozing from the woman’s neck, he gave chase, pulling out his cellphone to call the police for assistance in catching the man.

According to a police source, the suspect took off along the road without putting his pants back on.

However, Ngobese said he was unable to confirm this.

Police rushed to the area and the manhunt for the alleged rapist and murderer began.

After a thorough search, the suspect was eventually found hiding in dense bushes near the Pietermaritzburg railway station.

He was hauled into custody and is currently being detained at the Pietermaritzburg police station ahead of his court appearance today.

Ngobese said yesterday the police were still working on confirming the identity of the woman who had been attacked.

Quoting uMgungundlovu South cluster commander Major-General Phumelele Makoba, Ngobese said Makoba commended the passerby’s bravery for chasing the suspect and reporting the incident to the police.

Makoba encouraged all community members follow suit in assisting the police to combat crime.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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