North West man arrested after being found with 'father’s bones' in his bag

17 July 2020 - 07:31 By Naledi Shange
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A North West man has been arrested after he was found in possession of human remains. File photo.
A North West man has been arrested after he was found in possession of human remains. File photo.
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A North West man is in custody after he was found carrying human remains in his luggage, North West police said on Thursday.

Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone said the suspect, 28, was arrested on Wednesday in Vryburg, where he told police that the human remains he was carrying were those of his father.

He appeared in the Molopo magistrate’s court on Thursday where he faced charges of violating a grave.

“He was arrested at one of the government offices after police followed up on information that the accused was in possession of human remains,” said Mokgwabone.

“Upon searching the man's luggage, the police found bones inside two bags. The accused informed the police during questioning that the bones were of his late father. He further told the police that he took them after digging up his father’s grave,” said Mokgwabone.

It was not immediately clear what he intended to do with the bones.

Police have since taken the bones for forensic testing.

The suspect remains behind bars. He will return to court on Wednesday.


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