Heads of decapitated Limpopo pair recovered

2015-06-12 11:22
Limpopo police officials look for the heads of two people who were murdered last month. (SAPS, Facebook)

Limpopo police officials look for the heads of two people who were murdered last month. (SAPS, Facebook)

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Polokwane - The heads of a couple decapitated in Malipsdrift last month have been recovered, Limpopo police said on Friday.

Nyaka Phasha, 54, was arrested in connection with the murders last month and helped police find the bodies. He was allegedly the boyfriend of one of the victims.

"The suspect pointed out the area from where he threw the heads off a cliff in the mountains," said Colonel Ronel Otto.

"After an extensive and difficult search under very difficult conditions, members of the search and rescue unit managed to recover the skulls yesterday [Thursday]," she said.

DNA tests would be done to confirm the identities of the victims.

Elizabeth Madila, 57, and Timothy Selimela, 41, were last seen when they left home in Ramonoane on Friday, May 22 to look for a missing calf and collect grass to make brooms. They were reported missing after failing to return.

After Madila’s headless body was found, local residents assaulted Phasha, accusing him of the crime.

Police rescued him and, after questioning him, he was arrested and taken to hospital in Lebowakgomo.

Several days later, he helped police find Selimela’s body.

Phasha appeared in court on Wednesday and was charged with two counts of murder.

His case was postponed to June 17. He remained behind bars.



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