Top de­tec­tive praises co­op­er­a­tion by sus­pect

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS -

“As we all have seen, he has taken us to all the spots in­clud­ing where he hid the head. He co­op­er­ated and he has also in­di­cated to us that he is pre­pared to record a con­fes­sion”

SE­NIOR Su­per­in­ten­dent Elvis Mash­wama Sha­bangu, who was lead­ing the op­er­a­tion in search of the woman’s head said ev­ery­thing went ac­cord­ing to plan.

Sha­bangu, who is the Re­gional Crime Branch Of­fi­cer, said their work was made eas­ier by the sup­port they re­ceived from the com­mu­nity. He said even the break­through in find­ing the sus­pect was through the sup­port po­lice got from the com­mu­nity.

“As po­lice we did our part and we re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated the sup­port we re­ceived from the com­mu­nity which even led to us find­ing the sus­pect. This is the spirit we en­cour­age in sit­u­a­tions like th­ese,” he said.

Sha­bangu said af­ter the in­for­ma­tion po­lice re­ceived of a head­less naked body of a woman found in the bush, a full scale in­ves­ti­ga­tion en­sued.

“The body was al­ready half de­com­posed and it also showed signs that it was dug out from a grave. What was mys­te­ri­ous was the miss­ing of the head. It was dur­ing our in­ves­ti­ga­tions that we ended up hav­ing leads which then re­sulted to the sus­pect traced as all fin­gers pointed at him that he could as­sist in this puz­zle.

“With all de­tails about him fur­nished to us, we de­cided to look for him and yes­ter­day (Wed­nes­day) we fi­nally ar­rested him in Manzini,” said Sha­bangu, when brief­ing the me­dia af­ter the op­er­a­tion.

He said the sus­pect never gave them a prob­lem as he showed will­ing­ness to as­sist in any in­for­ma­tion po­lice needed.

“As we have seen, he has taken us to all the spots, in­clud­ing where he hid the head. He co­op­er­ated and he has also in­di­cated to us that he is pre­pared to record a con­fes­sion,” said Sha­bangu.

He ap­pealed to the pub­lic not to at­tack the sus­pect in the event he suc­cess­fully ap­plied for bail. “By be­ing seen out­side, the pub­lic should not think he has been re­leased and our ad­vice is that peo­ple should be pa­tient as he would still face trial,” said Sha­bangu.

Sha­bangu said the ar­rest of the sus­pect was a re­lief be­cause it cre­ated the im­pres­sion that the in­ci­dent could be linked to the forth­com­ing elec­tions.

He said af­ter the ar­rest it was clear that this mat­ter was not a rit­ual mur­der but a re­sult of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

“It was purely a mis­un­der­stand­ing be­tween two peo­ple which un­for­tu­nately led to a loss of life. We en­cour­age cou­ples not to use vi­o­lence when en­coun­ter­ing prob­lems as the po­lice have struc­tures in place to as­sist them. Even with this mat­ter at hand, had the sus­pect sought help, this could have not led to this grue­some in­ci­dent,” said Sha­bangu.

MADE DISCOVERY: Mkhuzwane Gwebu stum­bled on the head­less body of the woman dumped in the bush. RIGHT IRKED: Mfanawendlela Khu­malo, un­cle to the sus­pect.

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