Freaky Friday: When people have a taste for their grandmother

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Grandmothers are often seen as sweet individuals, who dote on their grandchildren. However, it seems there are individuals who find their grandmothers a tad bit too sweet.

This follows an incident, where a Pietermaritzburg man is facing accusations of killing his grandmother and eating her flesh. I kid you not, this actually happened right here in KwaZulu-Natal, and not in some twisted movie franchise like, The Hills have eyes.

He appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, February 12, and will remain in police custody. This comes a week after he was caught eating his grandmother’s flesh.

The case has been postponed, as the accused is asking to be given time to obtain a lawyer to defend him.

KZN Health MEC, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo spoke outside the court, saying the department is following the case after it was brought to light. I can see the logic in that, after all, eating human flesh is not something many consider healthy.

According to Dr Dhlomo, the suspect was kept in the public hospital last week, following members of the community attacking him before his arrest.

Never having heard of such behaviour before, Dr Dhlomo says he has requested doctors to take blood samples from the suspect. This is so they can check if he was not using drugs prior to the incident.

The victim’s granddaughter says she was sleeping with the grandmother when the assailant started banging on the bedroom door.

She claims, he eventually broke into the room, burning incense and uttering nonsensical words.

Later that day, while making breakfast, the granddaughter heard her gran screaming after being stabbed by her grandson. She immediately ran for help. However, upon returning to the house, she was met by a grisly sight.

The 41-year-old suspect allegedly put salt next to his grandmother’s body and was eating her flesh raw. I think I just threw up in my mouth a bit.

The court case will apparently continue on February 20.

As he waits for the legal battle to continue, Dr Dhlomo says they are glad the suspect will remain in custody until February 20, in order to apply for bail. He feels this is only fair.

Furthermore, the suspect’s life is now at risk. Dr Dhlomo says this is because the community is tiring of crime and keeping the man in custody is only appropriate.

Whether this man is innocent, guilty or simply insane, this is one freaky situation.

Until next time….Have yourself a Freaky Friday

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