Hole of death

2012-12-11 00:00

POLICE searching for a missing five-year-old made a gruesome find when they fished her body out of a 1,6 metres deep pit, not far from her home.

She had been stabbed in the chest and also appeared to have been raped.

Philile Dlamini from Thathani near Highflats was reported missing by her parents on Saturday night when she did not return after leaving the house at 10 am.

On Sunday morning, members of the Port Shepstone search and rescue team launched a search for her.

Search and rescue dog Kim picked up the little girl’s scent and led her handler, Sergeant Rommel da Rosa, to a pit measuring 1,6 metres deep. The pit, believed to have been dug for a latrine, was covered with pieces of corrugated iron.

Detectives found the body of the girl half naked with a stab wound to her chest.

Further investigations led to the arrest of a 23-year-old man at a nearby house.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Zandra Wiid said some of the child’s blood-stained clothes were found in the man’s room.

A knife was also confiscated, which police believe was used to kill the child.

The suspect is said to be staying with his parents, who happened to have been away on Saturday.

Wiid said postmortem results showed that the child died of the stab wound and that she had also been raped before she was killed.

A murder docket was opened.

The suspect will appear in court today.

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