South African 'killer' uses victim's finger to flee scene
08 September 2017 13:27 GMT

A murder suspect in South Africa has admitted chopping off his victim's finger to trick biometric security at the scene.

Freddy Thabo Kekana, 31, who was arrested last week at the ZCC headquarters in Moria and has, according the police, confessed to killing his lover Sam Nkuna, 33, and burying his body in a shallow grave in Erasmia, north of Pretoria.

Kekana is facing murder and kidnapping charges after he allegedly strangled Nkuna, a senior engineer at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria.

Hawks spokeswoman Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu confirmed that Kekana had confessed to killing his partner and burying him. "We can also confirm that the deceased's finger was cut off and Kekana used it to exit the gate control [system] driving his partner's car, while Nkuna's body was in the boot," said Mulamu.

ThornBrook Golf Estate manager Imraan Ibrahams yesterday told Sowetan that it could be possible to gain access or exit the complex using a dead person's finger on their biometric system.