Stray bullet hits pregnant Durban woman killing baby, two arrested

Stray bullet hits pregnant Durban woman killing baby, two arrested

Two people have been arrested and charged with murder, after a pregnant woman was hit by a stray bullet and lost her baby during an alleged robbery in Durban.

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According to detectives, two suspects tried to rob a man in Cato Crest in June.

They say the victim was shot in in the thigh as he tried to get away from his attackers.

Police spokesperson, Thembeka Mbele says a pregnant woman was struck by a stray bullet in the stomach.

"Both victims were rushed to the hospital for medical attention. Unfortunately, the unborn baby was certified dead two days after the incident.

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"A case of murder and attempted murder was opened at the Cato Manor police station for investigation. 

"Intensive investigation was conducted, which led the police to Westville Prison where the suspects were arrested and charged for murder and two counts of attempted murder. 

"The same suspects were initially arrested for house robberies that were committed in the same area," says Mbele. 

Mbele says the suspected appeared in the Durban Magistrate's Court on Wednesday. 

Meanwhile, police in Pietermaritzburg have opened a concealment of birth case after the discovery of a foetus in Plessislaer.

Search and rescue teams were called to a dump site on Tuesday afternoon - where the foetus was found in a plastic bag.

No arrests have been made.

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