Woman allegedly slits newborn baby’s throat in Walvis Bay

A 29 year-old woman has been arrested for allegedly slitting her new born baby's throat at her residence in Walvis Bay on Thursday.

A crime report issued on Thursday by Erongo Region Crime Investigations Coordinator Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu alleged that the suspect gave birth to the baby boy in the toilet at the resident she is renting at in the Tutaleni residential area.

She then cut his throat open with an unknown object before wrapping the body in a black plastic bag and hid it under her bed.

The incident took place at around 16h00.

The owner of the house discovered a pool of fresh blood in the toilet and alerted the Police.

The suspect has been arrested and is currently hospitalised and put under Police guard at the Walvis Bay State hospital.

She is expected to make her first court appearance as soon as she is fit to do so.

Investigations by the Gender Based Violence Protection Unit continue.

In an unrelated incident, the body of a man who has been missing for a few days was discovered in the areas of Dam 5 in Uis on Thursday.

It is alleged that the man, who is of the San community, was employed as a cattle herder on a farm in the Uis area.

He was then confirmed to have gotten a lift from the farm to the Uis town last week Friday (14 February) and was dropped off at a local shebeen where he proceeded to drink the traditional brew tombo, the report said.

The deceased reportedly refused to go back to the farm later on the same day and decided to remain at the shebeen and was not heard from or seen since then.

One of the residents at Dam 5 reported the deceased missing to the police on Thursday, who embarked on the search which discovered his swelled up body in a field, with his pants half-way down and his shoes beside him at around 16h00.

No injuries were observed on the body and no foul play is suspected so far.

The deceased's date of birth is unknown as no one seems to have any of his documents. He is however estimated to be around 40 years old and is believed to be from Okakarara area in the Otjozondjupa Region.

His next of kin are have not yet been traced.

The body has been taken to the Walvis Bay Police mortuary for post-mortem examination to determine the cause of death.

The deceased's employer works at Swakopmund but at this stage we still do not have his name or contact details,Iikuyu said.

Police investigations continue.

Source: Namibia Press Agency