Man (50) arrested after decomposed body of Rene Roman found

The man was arrested in Stellenbosch earlier on Thursday, just days after Rene's decomposed body was found a few houses from her home.

FILE: Rene Roman. Picture: Facebook.com.

CAPE TOWN - A 50-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the murder of missing Lavender Hill teenager Rene Roman.

The man was arrested in Stellenbosch earlier on Thursday, just days after a decomposed body was found a few houses from Rene's home.

The body, which was covered by a carpet, had its hands and feet bound.

A post-mortem has revealed the remains belong to the 13-year-old girl who disappeared while going to the shop two weeks ago.

The police's Frederick van Wyk said: “On Thursday afternoon, when police visited the crime scene in the presence of the suspect, a crowd of about 1,000 community members attempted to attack the suspect during which a police officer was injured and four vehicles damaged.”

Van Wyk says the violence forced detectives to retreat.

“During this volatile situation police investigators had to suspend the crime scene investigation. The suspect is expected to make a court appearance on Thursday afternoon.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)