Top detective praises cooperation by suspect
“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.