LGBTQI+ murder accused to apply for bail

A 39-year outdated man appeared within the Umbumbulu Magistrates courtroom to face costs of homicide and assault with intent to do grievous bodily hurt (GBH) to Anele Bhengu on Monday.

Thulani Nandos Cele appeared in courtroom to face the costs for the homicide of 21-year-old Anele Bhengu, a member of the native LGBTQI+ neighborhood. Bhengu, a lesbian, was repeatedly stabbed and her physique was dumped in a ditch in a suspected hate crime.

Anele Bhengu’s homicide was the most recent in a spate of related murders throughout the nation this yr.

SAPS spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele earlier stated that law enforcement officials from Port Shepstone Tactical Response Staff, Margate Detectives and the legislation enforcement company adopted up data concerning the suspect who brutally killed Bhengu in KwaMakhutha.

The workforce went to Mlahlandlini space at Gcilima on the South Coast. 

“Upon seeing the law enforcement officials, the suspect fled from his residence into the close by bushes. The police gave chase and he was caught within the bushes. A 39-year-old suspect was positioned beneath arrest and detained at Margate SAPS. He was transferred to KwaMakhutha SAPS for processing,” she stated.

“The suspect is linked to the killing of Anele Bhengu who was brutally killed and stabbed a number of occasions,” she stated.

She stated police had acquired a report of the homicide of Anele Bhengu on 13 June 2021 at 7am.

“A physique of a 21-year-old lady was discovered with a number of stab wounds on the physique,” she stated.

The suspect appeared briefly in courtroom on Tuesday. The Anele Bhengu homicide case was remanded to 30 June 2021 for a bail utility.

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