Man (42) nabbed in student’s case

LEFT: The alert sent out by Pink Ladies after the disappearance of Uyinene Mrwetyana (top).PHOTO: son
LEFT: The alert sent out by Pink Ladies after the disappearance of Uyinene Mrwetyana (top).PHOTO: son

A 42-year-old man arrested on Friday 30 August in the disappearance of Uyinene Mrwetyana (19), was charged with murder, rape and defeating the ends of justice in the Wynberg magistrate’s court on Monday 2 September.

Mrwetyana, a student from the University of Cape Town, was last seen on Saturday 24 August in front of a Clareinch Post Office in Claremont.

An extensive police investigation was launched after the disappearance of the student who lived at Roscommon House in Main Road, Claremont.

A source told People’s Post that a police forensic investigation team closed the post office for a few hours on Thursday 29 August for testing.

In the early hours of Friday morning (30 August), Sgt Wayne Botha of the Claremont crime prevention unit arrested the suspect in Claremont. He is an employee at the post office were Mrwetyana was last seen.

According to Claremont station commander, Col Maree Louw, the arrest of the post office worker came after the station received a tip that the post office might be a crime scene as blood had been spotted on a mop.

The investigating officer, Capt Craig Phillips went to the post office and cordoned off the premises.

“The Laboratory Computing Resource Centre was called in to collect fingerprints, blood samples and DNA samples on the scene,” she said.

“The suspect was not at work. Detectives, standing outside the post office, spotted the suspect driving by later that evening.”

The police followed him and an arrest was made.

A media report released by Claremont police station read that shoes with blood on them were found in the boot of the suspect’s vehicle.

It went on to say that the suspect later confessed to the murder of Mrwetyana and that he also pointed out of where he had disposed of the body.

Louw said a post mortem on an unidentified body discovered in Lingelethu West, Khayelitsha, on Monday 26 August, was held on Monday 2 September to determine the identity of the body and cause of death. She said authorities have placed a priority on the results and that it should be released soon.

Netwerk 24 reported that students, university staff and loved ones of the student filled the benches of the courtroom on Monday.

According to the state, on the day of her disappearance, Mrwetyana had gone to inquire about a parcel, but the electricity at the post office had been off. She was told to return later.

When she did, she was allegedly sexually accosted.

She fought back but her attacker knocked her out with a scale.

The suspect has not applied for bail.

He is scheduled to appear in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday 5 November.

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