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Butterworth - A newspaper report on a police-assisted birth in the Eastern Cape led to the mother being arrested on Friday for an eight-year-old murder, police said.

Captain Jackson Manatha said the woman 32, allegedly killed Busisa Ntwanambi, 22, on Christmas day in 2005 at the Yako informal settlement outside Butterworth, apparently in a fight over a man.

The victim died on the scene and the attacker disappeared before the police arrived, said Manatha.

On Thursday, the investigating officer of the case read a newspaper report about a woman being assisted by police to give birth at the Philippi East police station in Cape Town.

“The detective warrant officer remembered the identity of his suspect and he contacted his counterparts in Cape Town who arrested the woman and kept her in custody for murder,” said Manatha.

The woman was arrested on Friday morning and will appear in the Butterworth Magistrate's Court on Monday. - Sapa