Murder: Girls found dead at cemetery

2008-04-14 00:00

HERDSMEN made a shocking discovery on Saturday when they stumbled upon the bodies of two teenage girls at the Azalea cemetery, just outside Pietermaritzburg.

The girls had been shot and stabbed before being left on top of a grave.

Police spokeswoman Superintendent Joey Jeevan said that when the herdsmen saw the bodies, they immediately informed the cemetery caretaker, who alerted the police.

“Both the deceased appeared to be about 16 or 17 years of age. They had been shot several times on their heads and bodies,” she said.

Jeevan said that one of the girls was of medium build, with short hair and a dark complexion. She was wearing blue jeans, a yellow T-shirt, blue Crocs shoes and a grey jacket.

“It also appears that she was hit on the back of the head with a blunt object,” she said.

The other victim was of slender build, fair in complexion, with her hair braided “snoopy style”. She was wearing blue jeans, a red and white long-sleeved sweater and sandals.

“At the scene police found two expended 9 mm cartridges and one live round. We cannot exclude the possibility of rape, however, a post mortem will be held to determine the exact causes of death,” she said.

She added that the motive for the incident is still unknown. “Police are making an appeal for information regarding the identity of both the deceased as well as information regarding the incident,” she said.

People with any information that could assist in police investigations can contact Superintendent Boy Mlangeni at 033 396 9756 or at 082 558 1381. Witnesses who wish to remain anonymous can alternatively contact Crime Stop on the Toll-Free number 08600 10111.

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