National 13.8.2016 11:22 pm

Mutilated body of woman found in Durban

The park in Edith Benson Crescent where the brutally mutilated body of a woman was found on Saturday morning. 

The park in Edith Benson Crescent where the brutally mutilated body of a woman was found on Saturday morning. 

Berea police discovered the brutally mutilated body of a woman in the park on Saturday morning.

The Berea Mail was on the scene while police forensic investigators gathered evidence from the scene across the road from the area’s botanic gardens.

According to Berea SAPS communications officer Captain PN Naidoo, a passer-by allegedly noticed the head of a person while walking at the park at around 10.30am.

“The traumatised witness ran to the Berea Police Station to alert police and our officers rushed to the scene,” he said.

“Officers found the head of a woman lying on the path and the rest of her body behind a tree close by. The woman’s body had been mutilated,” Naidoo said.

The murder will be investigated by Berea SAPS.

Police comb the scene where the gruesome discovery of a woman's mutilated body was discovered this morning.

Police comb the scene where the gruesome discovery of a woman’s mutilated body was discovered this morning.

A witness, Fikiseni “Lucky” Malembe, who was still at the scene when the Berea Mail arrived, said it was “the first time I’ve seen something like that in my life”.

“I was walking to the park to leave my blankets there as I normally do before I start collecting paper and cardboard to sell. I was walking up the bank when I saw the head. I got a shock and just stood there but when I saw a jogger passing on Botanic Gardens Road, I told him and we both went up there. He also saw her and her body which was behind the tree,” Malembe explained.

The woman’s ears, body parts and genitals had been mutilated.

The two ran to the police station down the road and returned with the police to point out where they had made their gruesome discovery.

In May 2014, a similar discovery was made in Jameson Park where a woman’s mutilated body was found wrapped in plastic.

– Caxton News Service

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