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Cape Town - Police have arrested a 20-year-old man in connection with the murder of a teenage girl whose body was found in the garage of a Kensington home on Tuesday.
Keshia Kortje, 17, who is believed to have been pregnant when she was killed, was found wrapped in a sheet in the garage of a Ventura Street home. Her throat had been slit.
Keshia ’s parents were on their way to the morgue to view their daughter’s body when the Cape Argus called at their Lugmag Street home on Wednesday. They said they would contact journalists when they were ready to make a statement and asked for privacy.
However, residents shared details about the alleged circumstances of Keshia’s death. They say she left her parents’ home at about 10pm on Monday to visit a male friend nearby.
The house where her body was found by police apparently belonged to this friend’s family, said Kortje family friend Beverley Abrahams.
Police spokesman FC van Wyk confirmed the arrest of a suspect but declined to say whether the man had been charged. He added the murder case was still open for investigation.
Meanwhile, the uncle of the suspect called at the Cape Argus offices on Thursday morning to express concern over an initial news report on the murder.
On Wednesday, we quoted community members as saying the suspect’s father had fled with his son after the murder. The uncle, who is the brother of the suspect’s father, said this was not true.
“My brother was out of town at the time of the murder. I phoned him to ask about the news reports that he had fled. He was confused…” said the uncle, who may not be identified before the suspect appears in court.