Boyfriend arrested after the body of a woman is found in a shallow grave in his yard

PARKTOWN – Police on Monday 04 January 2021, arrested a 34-year-old man after the decomposing body of his 44-year-old girlfriend was found in a shallow grave in Sharpville, Sedibeng.
It is reported that the relatives of the deceased confronted the suspect about the whereabouts of the woman after they had tried calling her since Christmas Day but could not find her. The relatives went with the suspect to Sharpeville SAPS to report a missing person after the latter who was staying with the deceased, denied any knowledge of her whereabouts.
A preliminary investigation led police to the suspect’s house in Sharpeville. The members arrived on site to a stench coming from the backyard and immediately activated the relevant role players that include Search and Rescue K9. The operation by the K9 indeed confirmed that a body was buried in the yard. The pathology services exhumed the body from a shallow grave and the identity of the deceased was subsequently determined and confirmed by the family members.
The suspect was arrested on the spot and charged with the murder of her girlfriend. He is expected to appear in the Vereeniging Magistrate Court on Thursday 07 January 2021.

Source: South African Police Service