Family friend held for teen’s murder

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Kraaifontein - A man was arrested in Cape Town on Wednesday for the murder of a 16-year-old teenager, Western Cape police said.

The 48-year-old would appear in the Blue Downs Magistrate's Court on Thursday for Charmaine Mare's murder, Captain Frederick van Wyk said.

The man was the boyfriend of one of Mare's relatives, he said.

She was reported missing on January 11. Mare's family went on holiday and left her with the 48-year-old. When they returned she was gone.

On Monday a passer-by found the burnt body of an unknown woman in Darwin Street, Kraaifontein. Her legs and arms had been cut off.

After searching the missing person's database police linked the body to Mare. The family identified her necklace and tongue ring.

“When detectives questioned the family the same boyfriend was also present. He was very vague with his answers while the rest of the family was very helpful with their answers.”

Detectives detained him for further questioning. Police searched the family's two cars and the veld near where Mare's body was found.

Her arms were found inside the garage of a house.

The man would face a murder charge. - Sapa


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