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The main suspect in the savage killing of University of Fort Hare law student, Nosicelo Mtebeni, has been identified as 25-year-old Aluta Pasile. According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in the Eastern Cape, Pasile will be staying behind bars until his next court appearance, after confessing to Mtebeni’s murder.
The 23-year-old’s dismembered body parts were stuffed into a suitcase. Her other limbs were also found in a black plastic bag on Thursday, 19 August 2021, in Quigney, East London. Police said the body parts (in the black bag and suitcase) were discovered outside the couple’s home, while Mtebeni’s head and hands were discovered in Pasile’s room.
Pasile made a brief appearance in the East London Magistrate’s Court on Monday morning, 23 August 2021. The NPA alleges that he has rejected legal assistance.
News of Pasile abandoning bail was welcomed by the approximately 1 500 people who protested outside court, demanding that he be remanded in custody.
The matter has been postponed to 28 September 2021 for further investigation.
According to the NPA, Aluta Pasile had suspected for weeks that Nosicelo Mtebeni was being unfaithful to him after she started locking her cellphone.
NPA spokesperson Anelisa Ngcakani says on Monday, 16 August, Pasile managed to steal Mtebeni’s cellphone and unlock it after guessing the password. He then allegedly saw romantic messages between Pasile and another man.
They got into an argument about the incident the next day and things got physical. Pasile claims Mtebeni scratched him all over his body and he retaliated by pushing her, leading to her sustaining fatal injuries.
“We have a confession from the accused and statements from key witnesses. More evidence is being collected by police as the case was postponed for further investigation. We are building a solid case. In his confession, he said her behaviour had changed from the beginning of August when she came back from home. He said, all of sudden, she barred him from accessing her cellphone, and further stated that she had never minded him going through her cellphone before”NPA spokesperson Anelisa Ngcakani