Students arrested for murder

2015-07-29 06:00

TWO students of the Central University of Technology (CUT), Free State, were remanded in custody after they had appeared briefly in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Monday (27/07) following their arrest in Bloemfontein on Friday (24/07).

Okene Douglas (21) and Tebello Tsubella (22) are facing a murder charge after they allegedly killed one of their fellow students, Michael Keuwu (25), and burned his body, before dumping it in the Uitsig residential area in the city.

Capt. Chaka Marope, police spokesperson, said the incident was suspected to have taken place in a fit of rage.

“The deceased was a second-year engineering student,” Marope told Express.

“The investigation revealed that he was allegedly assaulted with golf clubs and stabbed to death by his two fellow students at his apartment in a block of flats in Parffit Avenue on the night of Saturday, 18 July.

“The assailants allegedly disposed of his body by burning it and later dumping it near the railway line in Uitsig.

“The charred remains were discovered on Monday, 20 July, by a passer-by, who then alerted the police.”

Marope added that the police had discovered that the suspects had robbed the deceased of an undisclosed amount of cash, a plasma TV set, an iPhone and clothes.

“It was also established that the suspects stole the vehicle of the deceased and took it for a joyride over the weekend of the incident.

“The vehicle was found abandoned next to the road in Gunn Street in Universitas on Wednesday, 22 July.”

The Parkweg police worked around the clock to solve the matter and the suspects were arrested at their block of flats in Willows.

“One of the suspects turned out to be a close friend of the deceased and they are both from Nigeria. They came to South Africa to further their studies.”

The case has been postponed to 3 August, when they are due to appear in court for a formal bail application

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