A Rwandan man pleaded guilty Thursday to the murder of fourteen people, most of them prostitutes, whose bodies were found in a hole dug in his kitchen.
Denis Kazungu, 34, is accused of ten crimes, including murder, rape, falsification of documents, identity theft and desecration of corpses.
During a hearing in a Kigali court, he answered “yes” when the judge asked him if the charges against him were accurate.
“Those I killed gave me AIDS,” he said. He was arrested earlier this month after police discovered twelve bodies, most of them women, in a hole dug in the kitchen of the house he rented in the suburbs of Kigali, where he lived alone.
“In his statement, Mr Kazungu admitted that although twelve bodies were found in the hole, he had actually killed fourteen people and dissolved (the bodies) of two of his victims,” a prosecutor told the court.
“After meeting his victims in bars, he would take them home and attack them, tie them up, strip them naked and take their property,” the prosecutor added.
“He then forced them to give him the passwords to their phones and withdrew money. Then he killed them and threw them into the hole,” he added.
The magistrate said the victims were able to escape and provide information to police.
Denis Kazungu was arrested in July on suspicion of robbery and rape, among other charges, but was released on bail for lack of evidence, according to police.
After his arrest in early September, a police source told AFP that he admitted to having learned to kill his victims, most of them prostitutes, by watching films about serial killers.
The press said he had held various jobs, including that of an English teacher.