A terrified policeman said that a man had entered his cell and admitted that he was fed by eating human flesh.
Then he pulled out a woman's hand from a pink school bag, causing a terrible discovery of several parts of the body of the young mum.
Konstable Rian Ntshalintshali told the stunning court: "When he entered the police station, I thought he was mentally unstable because he spoke in a row.
"He yelled:" I need the help of the police because I am tired of forcing me to eat human flesh. ""
Officer Ntshalintshali said that Ninu Mbatha had been warned to remain silent after his outbreak in Escort, South Africa.
But Mbatha insisted on the conversation.
"He pointed to the bag and said that there are human parts here," he told a senior police officer in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
"He opened the bag and pulled out what looked like a hand and put it on the counter."
He and his colleagues initially thought it was a doll.
He testified: "He then removed the red shoes (shoes) from the sack, and besides that it was a terrible smell.
"At this moment I told him to arrest him on suspicion of murder."
In a terrible reversal, the officer said that Mbata later led the police into a room in which he claimed to have been in captivity and forced to eat human flesh.
"I followed the accused to a room where he found a little dish," he told the court.
"Inside the bowl, I saw something in the shape of my ear and what looked like a jaw.
"Then he picked up another bucket in which it looked like he had a hose."
Mbatha and two other men, Lungisani Magubane and Khaielihle Lamula, all 32, denounced the murder of 24-year-old mother Zanela Hlatshvaio.
Mbatha also pleaded not guilty to two points of "human tissue management".
The fourth man arrested and charged with them, Sithembiso Sithole, 31, died in jail after apparently killing himself while waiting for the trial.
Prosecutors allege Maguban and Lamula went to the traditional doctor Mbatha muthi – medicine – to bring them luck.
It was said that Mbata said that their ancestors insisted that the blood was spilled.
Lamula later allegedly found Zanele drunk and entered his car.
Then he picked up his indictees and drove him to the place where Mbane killed Zanelle, prosecutors say.
Cannibal claims shook the area in August last year (2017), after one of the suspects said that he led community members and police to the female body.
"He was buried under large stones and we had to call the machine for removing the walls," said at that time local councilor Mtemmbeni Majol
"They showed us the parts of the body in one of the houses.
"They acknowledged that they were waiting for parts of the body to attract lines.
"Apparently worms are collecting money for them."
Police spokesman, Colonel Thembeek Mbhele, said the suspects were arrested after Mbatha entered the Estcourt station with a "tired of eating a human bomb".
She said: "When examined, he produced a human hand.
"Further investigation led the police into a house where they had a fragrant smell, and found more human remains.
"The other suspect was also arrested in Estcourt, and the third in the Amangvea area. Other parts of the body were found."
The Ntshalintshali official will continue to give evidence on Wednesday.