The boy allegedly told cops the girl died after strangulation.
A 16-year-old girl from Mpumalanga is no more after being killed, allegedly by a schoolmate.
The boy was arrested on Wednesday last week (10 Apr).
Her parents launched a search after she did not return home from a study session, police spokesman Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said.
“The parents then learned that she was last seen with the 17-year-old suspect, after the study session on that day. The parents then reported the matter to us” Hlathi said on Thursday.
“Police immediately confronted the suspect and enquired about the whereabouts of the victim,” he said.
Hlathi said the boy first told them the girl had disappeared with an unknown man, who drove off with her and that he thought was her uncle.
But cops pressed the boy and the boy began to allegedly reveal that the girl had actually been strangulated. The girl had turned down his love proposal,” Hlathi said.
“Shortly before she died, he allegedly raped her as well.
“He then buried her for fear of being arrested and proceeded to point out [to police] where the body was buried; in a shallow grave in Pienaar,” Hlathi said.
The boy was then arrested and charged with murder, rape and defeating the ends of justice.
He will appear at a Mpumalanga court.
(edited by ZK)
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