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43-year-old Butterworth man arrested for rape and murder of 10-year-old girl

Dec 10, 2019
43-year-old Butterworth man arrested for rape and murder of 10-year-old girl

Butterorth - Kei Bridge Police arrested a 43-year-old man for the alleged rape and murder of a 10-year-old girl.

"It is alleged that the child was playing with other children on Sunday, at a certain homestead where there was a traditional ceremony at Ngwane Locality, Dyosini Village near Kei Bridge, Butterworth," said police spokesperson, Captain Jackson Manatha.

"The grandmother of the victim went home at about 15h00 leaving her granddaughter at the homestead where there was a traditional ceremony.

"At about 16h00 on the date in question , the grandmother sent the sister of the 10-year-old girl to tell her to come home as it was cold and raining.

"She could not be found and a missing person profile was opened at Kei Bridge Police Station."

Both Kei Bridge police and community members searched for the missing child on Monday.

"The child was found already passed away in an unused house within the same village on Monday."

Capt Manatha said that investigation led to the arrest of the suspect.

"The suspect will appear before the Butterworth Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday on charges of rape and murder."

Eastern Cape Police Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga, expressed her shock at the rape and murder of a minor.

She condemned both the rape and the murder of an innocent defenceless toddler. She furthermore commended Kei Bridge police for their swift reaction in tracing and arresting the suspect.

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