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.

Sapa