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South African police capture fugitive Lesotho cannibal

AFP-JIJI

South African police have captured a 27-year-old prison escapee from Lesotho who has confessed to multiple murders and cannibalism, after a two year cross-border manhunt involving Interpol.

Makhele Scott admitted to killing and eating two people in Lesotho in 2012, but escaped from Maseru Central Prison while awaiting trial.

Earlier this month agents from Lesotho, South Africa, and Interpol tracked Scott to a church outside Durban, South Africa, where he was living and playing in the church band.

“He was very surprised when approached,” police said in a statement.

Scott earlier admitted to killing and eating a 13-year-old student who went missing in January 2012 and villagers later found his limbs, a torso and head.

In July 2012, a 22-year-old man went missing from the same village.

“Police responded to a tip-off and at the house discovered a Corsa bakkie (pickup) in which two human arms, a leg, penis and testicles were found,” the statement said.

When confronted Scott confessed to the murders, and to cooking and eating some of the body parts.

He led police to a shallow grave where a torso and thigh were found and to a primary school pit toilet containing a human head, two feet, lungs, heart and intestines.

Scott made a court appearance on Thursday and was denied bail. The case was remanded to May 15.