Four men have appeared in a South African court facing charges of killing and eating a woman
The man then handed over part of a human leg and a hand in a police station and more gruesome remains were found in a nearby house.
The house where body parts were said to have been found in KwaZulu-Natal
Four men have appeared in a South African court facing charges of cannibalism. Pictured is Estcourt magistrates court
Police were then said to have been led to a woman’s mutilated body under rocks and two other men were later apprehended.
The trio allegedly killed and butchered a woman before scoffing parts of her corpse in Estcourt, South Africa.
Police sources said the victim was raped before she was slaughtered.
Crowds of residents gathered outside the town’s magistrates court today as the trio, aged 22, 29 and 32, appeared on murder charges.
They and a fourth man, 31, are also accused of possessing human flesh and tissues.
They were all remanded in custody and are due to reappear in court next week.
One man allegedly walked into a police station declaring he was “tired” of eating human flesh
Stunned local councillor Mthembeni Majola said one of the suspects led community members and police to the woman’s body.
He told News24: “It was buried under big rocks and we had to call a machine to remove the rocks.
“They showed us the body parts in one of the houses.
“They admitted that they were waiting for the body parts to attract maggots. Apparently maggots collect money for them.”
Councillor Majola feared there could be MORE bodies.
He added: “It cannot only be one.
“When the police were following this matter they discovered eight ears in a pot where one man was staying. That means there is much more to this.”
Police spokeswoman Captain Charmaine Struwig said: “Three of the suspects face charges of murder and charges relating to the possession of human organs and tissue.
“A fourth suspect faces charges relating to the possession of human organs and tissue.
“The three suspects are alleged to have murdered a woman and then cut her body up.
“Allegations are that some consumed some of her flesh while some of her body parts were shared with the fourth suspect in Amangwe.
“Human remains were found at one crime scene in Estcourt and another crime scene at Amangwe.
“At this time only one person is suspected of having been killed and her identity is as yet unknown.”
Another spokeswoman, Colonel Thembeka Mbhele, said the three main suspects were arrested on Friday night after one walked into Estcourt police station with his “tired of eating human flesh” bombshell.
She said: “When he was questioned, he produced part of a human leg and a hand.
“Further investigation led police to a house where they were met with a foul smell, and more human remains were found.
“A second suspect was also arrested in Estcourt and a third in the Amangwe area. More body parts were found.
“It is alleged the suspects raped, killed and cut up the body of a woman, which they then consumed.”
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