Woman jailed for five years for abandoning newborn

2015-06-22 21:18


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Pietermaritzburg - A mother who left her newborn boy in a pit toilet was jailed for an effective five years by the Pietermaritzburg Regional Magistrate's Court on Monday.

The baby was discovered and rescued on June 7. People had heard the baby crying and alerted the police. The infant, who was ice-cold when rescued, was admitted to Grey's Hospital in Pietermaritzburg.

Magistrate Chris van Vuuren sentenced Nontobeko Ngcobo to eight years in jail, with three of them suspended on condition that she was not convicted of any other crimes.

The 29-year-old domestic worker was a first time offender and a mother of two other children.

She had told the court that the infant's father had deserted her and disappeared.

Her family had also told her that they would not support the child, which led her into a "dark and lonely world", the court heard.

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