Suspect in court over mutilated woman

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Copy of STp4main Swartruggens352.JPG (39617313) THE STAR Sarah Mathe, 29, who is grieving after her younger sister Maria Mathe, 25, was found dead near a Swartruggens shopping complex. Her heart and lungs had been removed. Picture: Dumisani Sibeko

Swartruggens - A man accused of killing, raping and mutilating a woman appeared in the Swartruggens Magistrate's Court on Friday.

The case against the 33-year-old man was postponed to May 14 for the decision of the director of public prosecutions, Captain Pelonomi Makau said.

Twenty-five-year-old Maria Mathe's decomposed body was found behind a tavern near Swartruggens shopping complex by a passer-by on January 26.

“Her face was allegedly smashed with a stone and her stomach was cut open from the belly button to the chest,” Makau said.

He said it was not known whether the murder was linked to muti killings.


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