South Africa 11.11.2015 11:10 am

Victim’s head found in gumtree plantation

Picture: Thinkstock

Picture: Thinkstock

The head was in an advanced state of decomposition.

A head thought to be that of slain Umzinto man, Nawaaz Khan has been found.

It is believed that the head was recovered by Umzinto  detectives and forensic experts last night in a gumtree plantation in Ellingham, adjacent to the N2 freeway in Park Rynie, KwaZulu-Natal.

Provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker said investigators were informed the community of the Msholozi temporary housing settlement in Umzinto had surrounded a house the wanted suspect had visited, Rising Sun Chatsworth reported.

The head was discovered in an advanced state of decomposition and had been placed in several plastic shopping bags and buried in the ground.

It was removed and taken to the Park Rynie State Mortuary where tissue samples would be obtained for forensic analysis to confirm if it in fact belonged to Khan.

23-year-old Khan’s headless body was found in a thicket on Saturday after he had left home early on the morning of October 31.

The decomposed body covered in sand, and had numerous stab wounds. Police have not ruled out ritual murder.

The arrested suspect, who resides in the Malangeni area, is due to appear in the Umzinto Magistrates’ Court later this week.

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Caxton News Service

 

 

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