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By unknown | Nov 21, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Stan Mzimba

Stan Mzimba

A man appeared in the Butterworth magistrates' court yesterday after he was allegedly caught with his grandmother's body parts in a bag at the weekend.

Captain Jackson Manatha saidthe suspect, 24, was arrested at a bus terminus in Butterworth on Sunday as he was about to board a bus for Cape Town.

A human head and two hands dripping blood were allegedly found in his bag. T hey belonged to his 85-year-old grandmother .

Manatha said a resident at Dyushu in Butterworth was on his way to the toilet when he saw a headless body lying in a shallow grave and called the police.

Manatha said neighbours became suspicious and suspected the grandson was the culprit because at about 10pm on Saturday he was seen dragging "something" towards the hole.

Manatha said that the suspect has since produced the 20cm bush knife he allegedly used to cut off his grandmother's head.

The suspect lived with his grandmother until he allegedly killed her.

The dead woman is survived by her only son, whom the police have interviewed. Her husband died five years ago.

The suspect was not asked to plead. He was remanded in custody until next week Thursday for a formal bail application.


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