Rape and murder suspect held after swift work by cop

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Pietermaritzburg - Flawless detective work by a Nottingham Road officer led to the arrest of a man suspected of a gruesome rape and murder on the weekend.

The man appeared at the Howick Magistrate’s Court yesterday on charges of murder and sexual assault. His case was adjourned until May 23.

According to Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Captain Gay Ebrahim, the body of 28-year-old Nqobile Mabaso was found by her father in an unused silo on the KwaHarry farm in Balgowan on Saturday.

It is believed the woman’s father spotted a trail of blood, and after following it, found the body of his daughter in the silo.

“It is alleged that she [Mabaso] was sexually assaulted and brutally stabbed. Her father identified her by the socks she was wearing,” Ebrahim said.

Springing into action, Nottingham Road police were quick to the scene and within a matter of hours, a 25-year-old suspect was hauled into custody.

In an exclusive interview with The Witness yesterday, Warrant Officer Skhumbuzo Mdunge, a detective at Nottingham Road police station, described how he managed to track down and arrest Mabaso’s alleged killer.

Mdunge said while he was on standby on the weekend, the station’s charge office received a complaint of murder.

When Mdunge arrived at the silo, he found Mabaso’s body, unclothed from the waist down.

After consulting with his informers, Mdunge said he got a phone call with positive information regarding the suspect’s whereabouts.

At about 4 pm — about five hours after Mabaso was found — Mdunge tracked the suspect to his Bosch Hoek farm home near Balgowan.

According to Mdunge, the suspect was allegedly the last man seen with Mabaso on Friday night last week.

Items belonging to Mabaso were found at the man’s home and he was then taken into custody.

A broken beer bottle, believed to be used to murder Mabaso, was also found by police at the scene of the crime.

“The swift work and dedication of Warrant Officer Mdunge is highly impressive,” said the acting uMgungundlovu North cluster commander Brigadier Boxer Pillay.

Pillay also commended Nottingham Road station commander Captain Marlize van der Schyff for her “excellent leadership skills in driving her team towards successful arrests”.

Mdunge has been in the police force for 28 years and has worked previously in Krans­kop, Rietvlei, Richmond, Bishopstowe and Nkandla.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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