Man held for serial murders

2010-08-21 00:00

A MAN has been taken in for questioning in connection with a series of murders of women in the Empangeni area between June and this week.

It is believed that the victims were raped before being strangled to death.

Police at Empangeni police station said the man is believed to be 39 years old. He was arrested while Empangeni was still reeling with shock over the recent discovery of the last of the bodies.

“As I’m talking to you he is here at the police station. He looks like a decent gentleman. It is hard to believe that he is the one behind the killings,” said a female police officer yesterday.

Another police officer, who is believed to have been behind the investigation, said police are looking for more suspects.

“He is just one of the suspects we are looking for. Very soon more people will be taken in,” said the officer.

Police spokesperson Colonel Vincent Mdunge said the murdered women are beleived to be aged 25, 27 and 37 years old.

He said one body was found in bush behind a taxi rank in Empangeni at the end of June. Another was found at Logan Farm, while the last one was found at Hillview Farm on Tuesday this week.

“Despite the fact that the bodies were discovered on different days and in places far away from each other, they were apparently killed in a similar way,” Mdunge said.

Mdunge said although all the victims’s bodies were decomposed, it has been established they were strangled.

“The one that was discovered on August 17 had clear marks of being strangled, and it is clear that the others were also killed in a similar way.

“There are also signs that they were sexually abused before they were killed,” he said.

However, he said the state of the victims’ clothing will not be revealed as that would be an important part of the police investigation and might jeopardise it.

He said the arrested man has not been charged yet. He said the police have 48 hours to question him.

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