Nosicelo Mtebeni’s alleged killer abandons bail, due back in court in September

Scores of supporters gathered outside the East London Magistrates’ Court on Monday for the appearance of 25-year-old Alutha Pasile who is accused of the gruesome murder of 23-year-old University of Fort Hare Student Nosicelo Mtebeni.

Nosicelo’s mutilated body parts were found in a suitcase last Thursday and and subsequently her boyfriend, Pasile was arrested.

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The spokesperson of the national prosecuting authority (NPA) in the Eastern Cape Anelisa Ngcakani said Pasile made a brief appearance in court on Monday on  charges of murder and defeating the ends of justice.

“On 19 August 2021 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 which contained human body parts. He then went to inspect and once he saw the gruesome site he then alerted police who were patrolling the area.

“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.

“Pasile and Mtebeni were lovers and lived together in Quigney, East London.

“Pasile declined to apply for bail. His case was postponed to 28 September for further investigation,” Ngcakani said.

The supporters outside court on Monday were calling for Pasile to be denied bail and for a swift prosecution of the matter as well as an to gender-based violence.

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