Western Cape man to appear in court for allegedly murdering girl, 5

2017-02-17 16:00
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Cape Town – A Western Cape man is expected to appear in the George Magistrate's Court on Monday in connection with the murder of 5-year-old Natalie Baartman.  

The 31-year-old man from Syferfontein informal settlement was arrested in the early hours of Thursday morning for allegedly murdering the child. Her half-naked body was found on Monday.

Southern Cape police spokesperson Captain Malcolm Pojie said Baartman, who was last seen on Saturday, was reported missing by her parents at around midday on Monday.  

The Pacaltsdorp police immediately dispatched a search party and about 10 minutes into the search Natali's body was discovered in an open field, approximately 50m from her home.

Pojie said forensic experts and the K9 unit swept the scene searching for clues and the suspect was arrested on Thursday in the same informal settlement where Natalie lived with her parents.

Pojie said the suspect was known to the victim and her parents.

A preliminary autopsy report suggests that the little girl was raped, said Pojie, adding that she could have died due to suffocation.

The police have been commended for their commitment and endurance which brought the suspect to book.

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