18 September 2007

Namibia: Another Grisly Murder

Windhoek — Fresh body parts comprising a head and a set of forearms were found in a black plastic bag near the Grootfontein State Hospital yesterday morning.

Police spokesperson, Chief Inspector Angula Amulungu, said the unidentified body parts, believed to be that of a female, were found at about 09h20 at Dr Ngarikutuke Tjiriange Road near Grootfontein State Hospital.

"The parts were disco-vered by municipality workers who were busy cleaning the streets and came across a black refuse plastic bag.

After they opened the bag, they discovered two forearms and a head," said Amulungu in a press release.

The police also found "stained seat covers of a car, a blood stained female sleeping dress and a black bra," at the scene of the discovery.

Police could not ascertain whether the latest finding is linked to the ongoing investigation of the 'B1 Butcher' case.

Several women including Sanna Helena //Garoës and Juanita Mabula were killed in a similar brutal fashion by unknown suspect(s), or who has simply become the 'B1 Butcher'.

"It is just a discovery of unidentified body parts and it is really premature for us to make any comparisons. The forensics will be at the scene now to investigate that part of the case," said Amulungu.

He said it was difficult to say at this stage whether the body parts were that of the same person or not. "They appear to be those of a young person," he said

The body parts are at the Tsumeb Police Mortuary for further investigation.

The Director of the National Forensic Science Institute of Namibia, Dr Paul Ludik, was expected at the mortuary by late yesterday.

A source at the scene informed New Era that the sight of the body parts was shocking.

"They were fresh body parts. The head looked as though it was dipped in hot water. It was dark in colour and no smell," said the source, without ruling out the effect of the weather.

The latest discovery comes barely 72 hours after the police and forensic investigators exhumed the body of 18-year-old Viola Swartbooi in the Khomasdal Cemetery.

Amulungu said a DNA sample from Swartbooi's remains would be taken as part of the ongoing police investigations into the deaths of the late Juanita Mabula and Sanna Helena //Garoës whose dismembered body parts were found in the Khomas Region over the past two years.

Meanwhile, the police have appealed to anyone in the Grootfontein area with a missing relative to contact the Oshikoto Regional Commander.

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