National 5.8.2016 01:55 pm

Baby’s mutilated, decomposing body found at golf course

Crocodile points to the spot where he discovered the baby's body. Photo: Kempton Express

Crocodile points to the spot where he discovered the baby's body. Photo: Kempton Express

The body apparently flushed down the river and was left stranded when the water level dropped.

An inquest docket has been opened after the mutilated body of a newborn baby was found at Kempton Park Golf Course on the East Rand.

The tiny body was discovered by one of the workers at the golf course around the area at the fourth tee box by the river bank on Tuesday, Kempton Express reported.

“Crocodile” (his nickname) was doing his usual rounds collecting golf balls when he came across the horrific scene. Showing Express where he made the discovery, Crocodile pointed at the exact spot, recounting the story.

“That’s where the body was lying. Its right arm and leg were cut off and it lay on its right-hand side. The head was facing towards where I was standing,” Crocodile said.

Ekurhuleni Emergency Services spokesperson, William Ntladi said the body had started to decompose by the time it was discovered, although Ntladi said it was the right hand and left foot that were amputated. The baby’s private parts were also missing.

“The body apparently flushed down the river and was left stranded when the water level dropped. It was already in decomposition stage,” Ntladi mentioned.

“Declaration documents were issued and the scene was immediately handed over to the police and a forensic pathologist for removal and investigations.”

It is unclear at this stage why the body was mutilated.

Kempton Police spokesperson Captain Jethro Mtshali confirmed that an inquest docket was opened and police were investigating the matter.

– Caxton News Service

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