SA expat murdered, dismembered in NZ

2010-10-02 14:18

A South African expatriate was found murdered and dismembered in New Zealand.

Parts of 32-year-old Carmen Thomas, who used to live in Durban, were found in a container by police in Auckland yesterday evening, according to the Saturday Star.

She had worked as an escort in an East Auckland club and police had been looking for her since she was reported missing on July 13.

That same month, friends and relatives had opened an account to raise money so that Thomas’s mother could fly from Durban to New Zealand to help in the search for her daughter’s body.

It was believed that Thomas had been killed in her home on June 29 and dismembered.

Blood had been found in her car, which was abandoned in the town of Hamilton.

Thomas’s former lover, 32-year-old structural engineer Brad Callaghan, was charged with her murder on September 21 and appeared in the Auckland District Court.

The case was remanded until October 12.

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