UPDATE: Suspect in rape, murder of 9-y-o Hanover girl known to family - Police

Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Area One, Clifford Chambers, has revealed that the suspect held in relation to the rape and murder of nine-year-old Nikita Noel in Hanover is known to the family.

“There are signs that there might have been some domestic related issues, which are also being looked at as the investigations unfold," ACP Chambers told OBSERVER ONLINE.

He added that there is a possibility that the suspect is related to Noel.

"The mother had a relationship with the male and that relationship went sour. Not that it is clearly directed to this as yet, but there is a strong probability that the two are related," he added.

It is reported that Noel, who was a student of Esher Primary, did not return home from school on Wednesday afternoon.

Her body was later found metres away from her home.

Noel is believed to have been raped and strangled to death.

READ: Suspect held in rape, murder of 10-year-old girl

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