Friday 20 April 2018

Main suspect in Mawere murder case found dead

The house in Rathmines, Dublin, where Ms Mawere was staying
Garda officers at the scene where the body of Rudo Mawere was found stuffed inside a suitcase. Photo: Damien Eagers

Brian Hutton

A MAN wanted over the murder of an African student found in a travel bag in Dublin has been found dead in England.

It is understood the suspect for the killing of Rudo Mawere, 26, from Malawi, fled the Irish Republic through Northern Ireland.

He is thought to have been living in Coventry.

UK police contacted their counterparts in Ireland after the suspect's body was discovered in Higham, Kent, shortly after 9am this morning.

A Garda source confirmed the dead man was wanted as a prime suspect in the killing of Ms Mawere on Saturday evening.

"This is a significant development," the source said.

"A number of further inquiries have to be completed at this stage."

It is understood the foul play is not suspected in the man's death.

Ms Mawere's body was found by a passer-by packed into a travel bag on St David's Terrace, near the Phoenix Park in north Dublin on Sunday morning.

Kent Police confirmed the prime suspect had been found dead at about 9am.

His body was discovered in a wooded area in Higham, by a dog walker.

Detectives were liaising with the Garda in connection with the man's death and the investigation into Ms Mawere's death.

The man was believed to be originally from Zimbabwe.

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