Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 31 August 2014

Student murder suspect found dead

A man suspected over the killing of an African student in Dublin has been found dead

The chief suspect in the murder of an African student found dead in a travel bag on a Dublin street is thought to have killed himself after fleeing to England.

Detectives investigating the killing of Rudo Mawere, 26, from Malawi, at the weekend wanted to question a man who was found hanging from a tree in Higham, Kent.

A Garda source said the man's name was Jasper Taruvinga, who was originally from Zimbabwe and who had been living in Coventry in the West Midlands.

It is believed he may also have been using an alias Jasper Jason Dube.

The suspect is thought to have fled Dublin after the killing into Northern Ireland and onwards by ferry to Britain.

A dog walker came across his body in a wooded area in the small village of Higham.

UK police contacted their counterparts in Ireland after the discovery.

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

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

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

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