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Cape Town - Cape Town mother Lumka Jordan has been found guilty of murdering and concealing the death of her newborn baby.

Judge Thandazwa Ndita said the accused was guilty of “wrongfully and unlawfully” murdering her newborn baby “by partially decapitating him with a knife or sharp object”.

She added that Jordan was found guilty of unlawfully disposing of the body without a lawful burial order with the intent to conceal the baby’s birth.

Jordan arrived in court in shackles, wearing pink skinny pants and a baby blue hooded top.

She covered her head with the hood and kept her head lowered, hiding her face until Judge Ndita arrived.

When asked whether prosecutor Megan Blows would argue mitigation, Blows said the accused had no previous convictions.

The matter will continue in the Western Cape High Court on December 6 when the State and the defence are to lead evidence in mitigation of sentence. The defence will also hand in a psychiatric report.

Jordan had initially also faced a third charge of defeating the ends of justice, but the charge was withdrawn on Monday.

Jordan admitted to killing her newborn son by decapitating him with a knife or knives and/or a sharp object. The State argued that the murder was premeditated.

Jordan attempted to conceal the birth by placing the body on a rubbish heap in Philippi.

Cape Argus


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