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Thursday 14 December 2017

Suspect for murdering girlfriend and dumping body in a bag found hanged

Rudo Mawere: her body was found stuffed in a suitcase in Dublin
Rudo Mawere: her body was found stuffed in a suitcase in Dublin

THE chief suspect in the murder of Malawian student Rudo Mawere contacted his brother in a panic before killing himself, it has emerged.



The body of Zimbabwean Jasper ‘Jason’ Taruvinga (36) was discovered in a wooded area in North Kent, in the south east of England, by a passerby around 9am yesterday.

His brother Desmond revealed that he had spoken to Jasper a day before he was found hanged.

Jasper, who was also known as Jason Dube and Jason McGomba, reportedly called his brother on Tuesday in a panic.

The death of Jasper – who was also known as Jason Dube and Jason McGomba – comes three days after the body of Rudo Mawere (26) was found dumped in a travel bag off Blackhorse Ave in Dublin.



It’s now understood the pair had dated for several weeks.

They had an argument on Friday after Rudo discovered Jasper had been using her bank card to withdraw money.

She had told friends she was planning to speak to him about the money on the Saturday she was last seen.

She was strangled in Jasper's flat on Aughrim Street in Stoneybatter between 3pm and 7pm. Her 4ft11 body was stuffed inside a 2ft by 4ft travel bag and dumped in St David's terrace around 8pm and 10pm. The bag is also understood to have belonged to the owner of the flat Jasper had been renting.

A taxi driver told gardai that he had picked up a man with the heavy suitcase on Saturday.

The bag was eventually found by a passerby at 8.30am the following Sunday morning, the same day Jasper disappeared and soon became the prime suspect in his partner’s murder.

Jasper is believed to have taken a bus to the North, where he used Ms Mawere's stolen credit cards, before taking a ferry to Britain.

Jasper had previously fled from Britain and the North, where he was wanted in connection with a woman’s rape.

The incident is understood to have happened outside Belfast's Odyssey Entertainment Complex last year.

He was questioned by police but he disappeared last summer before police could charge him.

Kent Police said yesterday that they were liaising with gardai to formally identify his remains.

Sources claim that British authorities found a note near his body where he admitted the murder and apologised.

Brother Desmond Dube Taruvinga said that despite Jasper’s alleged offence, he remained his brother and he would grieve his loss.

Des admitted that his brother hadn't always been on the right side of the law and that he may have killed Rudo as he appeared under great strain when he spoke to him on Tuesday.

Jasper had described himself as a “caring, confident and lovely person” on his hi5.com profile page.



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