Two suspected ritual killers, Tawana Ngwenya (20) and his teenage accomplice appeared in court for the first time on Monday facing murder charges.

The suspects are accused of being responsible for the murder of a 25-year-old woman, Thabelo Mazolo who they  hacksawed in two halves, before buying a drum and hydrochloric acid to dispose of the victim’s body for purposes of getting rich.

Bulawayo magistrate Shepherd Mnjanja remanded Ngwenya in custody to June 26 while the teenager was remanded in the custody of his uncle who stays with him.

It is alleged that on the day of the incident, Ngwenya and Mazolo were watching a movie when they struck the lady with an iron bar in the head, before slitting her throat with a knife.

In a bid to conceal the gruesome crime he had committed, Ngwenya whose father is a caretaker at Fortunes Gate Village where Mazolo also lived, roped in a 17-year-old boy who provided him with a hacksaw used to cut the victim into parts.

Part of the deceased’s body, from the waist going down, is still missing while breasts and palms appeared to have been sliced off.