A pathologist who used to work at a South African health centre has been jailed for ten years for stealing body parts.
The former Diepkloof principal specialist forensic pathologist, Dr. James Blair Mwesigwa was jailed after being found guilty of theft of human organs from dead bodies.
The National Prosecuting Authority confirmed on Friday that Dr. Mwesigwa, 60, was sentenced in the Kempton Park Regional court.
He was found guilty of violating the corpse of Alida Scheepers after it was brought to him for a post-mortem examination.
Gauteng NPA spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane said “State advocate Riana Williams succeeded in leading evidence that convinced the court that Mwesiga removed without permission of the family and retained amongst others, the heart, lungs, pharynx and larynx from Scheepers’ body.”
Local media reported that Mwesigwa was first suspended from the Diepkloof mortuary in November 2013.
He was caught attempting to walk out of the mortuary with a bucket containing a brain and heart.