Two held for chopped body

2016-01-04 11:57
After he was arrested last week, the 21-year-old male suspect shows police where he allegedly hid the body parts.

After he was arrested last week, the 21-year-old male suspect shows police where he allegedly hid the body parts. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - A love triangle may have led to the murder of a Maqongqo teenager whose dismembered body was found burnt in Tamboville.

A young man and his teenage girlfriend were arrested by members of the combined action team (CAT) last week and the two appeared in court facing charges of murder.

They are expected to appear before the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Two weeks ago, CAT made the gruesome discovery of a body believed to be that of a female teenager in a field near Tamboville.

The body was burnt beyond recognition and cut into pieces, with the limbs wrapped in a blanket. The head was found days later in a plastic packet almost 500 metres away.

On Wednesday last week, after an intensive investigation, the man, 21, and woman accused, 18, whose names are known to The Witness but cannot be revealed until they appear in court, were arrested for the murder.

According to SAPS sources with knowledge of the investigation, it is believed that the deceased, Smangile Vuyusile Khanyile, 18, had called the male suspect on December 22 before she was brutally murdered.

The Maqongqo resident is believed to have called the 21-year-old to arrange a visit at his Tamboville home to discuss an altercation she had with the female suspect, who is thought to be a girlfriend of the arrested male.

It is believed Khanyile was either the male suspect’s ex-girlfriend or that he was seeing both women at the same time.

After the two had met, a police source said the male suspect and Khanyile returned to his premises where they had sexual intercourse.

It is believed that the man then went to a local shop to buy cigarettes and upon his return home, found Khanyile’s bloodied body in his room.

It is alleged that the female suspect had stabbed Khanyile in the neck with a screwdriver.

According to the police source, the 18-year-old woman left the room with the screwdriver and Khanyile’s cellphone, leaving the accused male to dispose of the body.

Investigators said he dragged Khanyile’s body to an abandoned room in the hostel where he lived and set the body alight using petrol.

But with the body still semi-recognisable and intact, it is believed the man used a carving knife to cut Khanyile’s body into pieces, removing the head, hands and legs from the torso.

He then allegedly wrapped the limbs in a blanket and put the head into a packet.

The male suspect allegedly carried the body parts to a secluded bush on a dirt road and abandoned the limbs on one side of the road and the head under a tree about 500 metres away.

The next day, CAT members were alerted to the body by passers-by and initially suspected witchcraft as a motive for the killing.

KZN SAPS spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said a case of murder was opened at Mountain Rise police station after the body of the 16-year-old girl was found at Tamboville in the bushes in pieces on December 23, 2015.

“Two suspects aged 18 and 21 have been arrested and charged with murder. They will appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court today,” said Zwane.

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