By Kaya 959 Reporter
The man accused of murdering and dismembering Fort Hare student Nosicelo Mtebeni is due in the East London High Court on Thursday.
Alutha Pasile, 25, faces charges of murder and defeating the ends of justice. He was in a relationship with Mtebeni.
NPA spokesperson in the Eastern Cape, Anelisa Ngcakani, says Pasile previously abandoned his bail bid. He further declined legal representation.
“On 19 August at about 7am, a 36-year-old man was walking on the streets of Quigney in East London when he overheard two school girls expressing their shock and disgust about how sick people in Quigney were.
“The man then approached the girls as he wanted to find out what they were talking about. They then told him that there were two bags at a nearby garbage dumping site that contained human body parts,” she says.
The man inspected the scene and saw the gruesome sight. He alerted police who were patrolling the area.
Ngcakani says police swiftly started investigating.
“This led them to a witness who allegedly saw Pasile at about 5am leaving his residence with a purple suitcase and a grey-black bag. This account fitted the description of the two bags which were found at the dumping site. Pasile was arrested on the same day,” she says.
Pasile claimed that Mtebeni had been cheating on him. According to the NPA, he claimed that her behaviour had changed when she returned to campus.
Ngcakani adds that the accused allegedly unlocked his girlfriend’s phone and found messages between her and another man.
Pasile claimed that there were also photos of the man. The couple allegedly got into a heated argument that turned violent. When he realised she was dead, he allegedly cut up her body, placed it in suitcases and dumped them in a field.