Police in Machinjiri Township in Malawi’s commercial city of Blantyre have ‘exhumed’ the body of a young man, identified as Peter Francisco, who went missing on June 28 this year , after being found dead and buried in unused toilet.
The police have since arrested the owner of the toilet, Bob Thipa, 42, who hails from Makata village, Traditional Authority Kapeni in Blantyre.
The deceased sister, Margret George told the police in the Township that her brother left her house in Maziyaya village, Traditional Authority Machinjir in the district on June 28 around 04:00hours to fetch firewood in a private and protected forest reserve belonging to Bob Thipa.
The forest is located within the village near Mota Engil camp in the area, according to Blantyre Police Publicist Lameck Thembachako.
“On July 01, 2013; a joint search between the villagers and police was made in the forest but could not be traced. Surprisingly; only blood strains were seen for a distance of about thirty meters from the suspected entry point. The police detained the owner of the forest (Mr. Bob Thipa) in course of searching.
“On July 02, 2013; it’s when the body of Peter Francisco was discovered buried in unused toilet which is situated about a half kilometer from the house of the forest owner, Mr. Bob Thipa.
“The body was taken to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital for postmortem and examination. Results show that Peter Francisco died due to severely injuries following assault,” said Thembachako.
The suspect is still under police custody and case file of murder has been opened against him, according to Thembachako.