A Tuks student has been charged with murder after allegedly killing his girlfriend, also a Tuks student.

The victim, a 22-year-old final-year law student, was found dead at her family home in Fourways on 6 September. The accused 23-year-old is also a final-year law student.

According to Gauteng police spokesperson, Captain Pinky Tsinyane, the accused was arrested in Hatfield the day after the victim’s body was discovered. He was driving the victim’s car at the time.

He appeared in court last Monday and is scheduled to reappear in court today. Tsinyane would not reveal further information but said that the investigation was ongoing.

IOL News reported that a fight allegedly broke out between the two during which he strangled her, ransacked her home and made off in the victim’s car. The suspect allegedly parked the vehicle in an underground parking lot in Sunnyside for two days and was arrested shortly after retrieving it.

A statement released by the university says that the Hawks Police Unit informed UP about the “tragic incident” on 7 September. UP will continue to assist the police investigation if requested to. “We extend our sincere condolences to the family of the victim and will render all possible support to them during this difficult time.”

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