Decomposed foetus found in manhole next to doctor’s surgery

2011-07-08 00:00

PLUMBERS clearing a blocked sewerage pipe made the gory discovery of a partially decomposing foetus in a manhole next to a doctor’s surgery in Pietermaritzburg yesterday morning.

The employees of Aqua Technical Services had been called by management of city’s American Men’s Wear at the corner of Church and Retief streets when they found the body at about 10 am.

The local businesses were experiencing overflowing of water from manholes into their premises. As the plumbers were busy cleaning the pipes, they found the tiny body in a manhole situated in the premises of a nearby doctor’s surgery.

“After cleaning the first manhole, the dirty water ran down to the next manhole, which is where the body appeared.

“We first thought it was inside parts of cow’s stomach. Then when we took a closer look at it we saw legs and arms and we thought it was a doll.

“Then we were shocked when we finally realised that it was a baby’s body which was starting to look green,” said an employee who asked to remain unnamed as he is not allowed to talk to the media.

He said it was baby girl’s body.

A woman at the scene asked the reporter to leave the premises, and also demanded that pictures taken be deleted.

Police arrived at the scene and the body was placed inside black rubbish plastic bag before it was taken away.

Manager at American Men’s Wear Mohamed Meeran said he only called the plumbers because the dirty water from the manholes was messing up his premises. But he declined to comment further.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said police believe that the baby was born elsewhere and dumped in the sewerage system and it thereafter washed down to the scene.

“The baby appears to be fully formed. Due to the stage of decomposition it also appears that the baby was dumped very recently, probably in the last 48-hours,” said Zwane.

He said a postmortem will be held to reveal the exact cause of death.

He said no one has yet been arrested, and appealed to anyone with information that will assist in their investigation to contact Lieutenant Musawenkosi Dlamini on 033 845 2756 or 073 952 8433.

He appealed to those who want to remain anonymous to contact Crime Stop on the toll free number 08600 10111.

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