Girl found stabbed on rub­bish dump

Grocott's Mail - - NEWS - By LOYISO DYONGMAN

Three Gra­ham­stown teenagers ap­peared in the Gra­ham­stown Mag­is­trate’s Court on Wed­nes­day in con­nec­tion with a mur­der case af­ter the body of a teenager was found in a dump­ing area near a Joza school.

In a fully packed court­room, mag­is­trate Nt­soki Moni post­poned the case for a bail ap­pli­ca­tion to next week on Wed­nes­day 14 De­cem­ber.

They have all been re­manded in cus­tody with the ju­ve­nile also re­manded to the ju­ve­nile fa­cil­ity in Cradock.

Gra­ham­stown po­lice spokesper­son Cap­tain Mali Goven­der said the men were ar­rested af­ter the body of an uniden­ti­fied teenage girl was found in a rub­bish area near TEM Mr­wetyana in Joza.

“Pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tions sug­gest that the vic­tim sus­tained se­ri­ous head in­juries and sev­eral stab wounds on her up­per body.

“Three sus­pects in their teens, one 16-year-old and two 18-year-old males, have been taken into cus­tody. A case of mur­der is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated,” said Goven­der.

A com­mu­nity mem­ber who wanted to re­main anony­mous, said the de­ceased was be­tween the ages of 16 and 17 years old. It is al­leged that the in­ci­dent hap­pened last Satur­day night in Joza.

“Ap­par­ently they killed the young girl in one of the sus­pects’ rooms in Joza. We don’t know whether they raped her or not. But she had wounds that looked like she had been hacked on her body. “They ap­par­ently took the body in the night and dumped it on the rub­bish site. On Mon­day, a woman who went to dump rub­bish in the dump site near TEM Mr­wetyana School found the body of the teenager.

“Po­lice were then called and a shoe that was found near the body was al­legedly iden­ti­fied as be­long­ing to one of the sus­pects.

“Po­lice went to the sus­pect’s room. On ar­rival the sus­pect ini­tially re­fused to open the door but even­tu­ally opened up. Po­lice searched the flat and dis­cov­ered that un­der the bed’s mat­tress there was a pool of blood,” said the com­mu­nity mem­ber.

He was then ar­rested and other sus­pects were also found and ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the mur­der. The com­mu­nity mem­ber said it was clear that the sus­pect slept with the pool of blood on Sun­day as they were only ar­rested yes­ter­day.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, the de­ceased was an ex-girl­friend of one of the sus­pects. They al­legedly gave her al­co­hol in a tav­ern in Joza be­fore they com­mit­ted the crime.

Yes­ter­day, Joza De­tec­tives made an ap­peal to the com­mu­nity to as­sist in the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the de­ceased. Goven­der said she was wear­ing blue denim three-quar­ter jeans, a black top, light green ski pants and pos­si­bly brown san­dals. She said in­for­ma­tion that has been re­ceived thus far is that the vic­tim, who is pos­si­bly in her late teens with short un­styled hair, is be­lieved to be from a farm out­side Gra­ham­stown.

Any per­son who is able to as­sist in the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion is asked to con­tact Cap­tain Ri­aan Havenga on 082 416 8279.

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