Man arrested after dismembered body of his 23-year-old girlfriend was found stuffed inside suitcase in South Africa (graphic photo)

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Man arrested after dismembered body of his 23-year-old girlfriend was found stuffed inside suitcase in South Africa (graphic photo)

The dismembered body of a 23-year-old law student identified as Nosicelo, has been found in a suitcase in Quigney, East Cape, South Africa.

A black refuse bag found next to the suitcase contained some of the victim’s other body parts, while her head was reportedly found in a cupboard in her home on Thursday, August 19.

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The horrific discovery was made after a motorist had flagged down police on patrol at about 7am on Thursday, to inform them a body had been found in a suitcase. Soon after police visited the crime scene, the 25-year-old suspect was found and arrested.

Brig Tembinkosi Kinana said police patrolling the area early on Thursday morning were flagged down by a motorist who told them what he had seen.

“On their arrival at the corner of Fleet Street and Fitzpatrick road a suitcase with the body of a 23-year-old female was found. Next to it was a black bag with other body parts. While at the scene, police received information that a 25-year-old suspect believed to be linked to the murder was found and immediately arrested,” Kinana said.

“On further investigation, police discovered a plastic bag with other body parts in a house. She was reportedly studying law at the Fort Hare University in East London,” Kinana added.

According to Kinana, preliminary investigations revealed that the suspect and the deceased had been living together for some time.

Provincial police commissioner, Lt-Gen Liziwe Ntshinga condemned the incident, especially as it occurred in Women’s Month.

“This is one of the devastating scenes women do not want to see during this Women’s Month. The incident represents a manifestation of the stubbornness of gender-based violence and femicide incidents which are endemic within our society,” Ntshinga said.

Meanwhile, the suspect identified as Alutha Pasile is expected to appear in court on Friday, August 20. He faces a charge of murder.

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