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Bur­glar eaten by al­li­ga­tor af­ter flee­ing po­lice

OR­LANDO — A 22-year-old man sus­pected of bur­glar­iz­ing homes in Florida was killed and par­tially eaten by a 3.4 me­tre al­li­ga­tor af­ter he waded into a lake, ap­par­ently to avoid de­tec­tion by law en­force­ment of­fi­cers pur­su­ing him, po­lice said on Tues­day.

An au­topsy on the man, Matthew Rig­gins of Palm Bay, de­ter­mined that he drowned in Novem­ber af­ter an ap­par­ent al­li­ga­tor at­tack. A necropsy on the al­li­ga­tor re­vealed parts of the man’s body in the rep­tile’s stom­ach, ac­cord­ing to a re­port re­leased this week by the Bre­vard County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

Sher­iff’s deputies chased Rig­gins and an­other sus­pect with dogs and a he­li­copter on Nov. 13 af­ter res­i­dents in the Bare­foot Bay com­mu­nity re­ported two men walk­ing be­hind houses, au­thor­i­ties said.

No sus­pects were caught that night. Rig­gins was re­ported miss­ing by his fam­ily when he did not re­turn home, ac­cord­ing to the sher­iff’s re­port.

His body was found 10 days later float­ing in a lake, with an ag­gres­sive gator stand­ing guard, sher­iff’s Ma­jor Tod Goodyear said.

“I be­lieve he was hid­ing,” Goodyear said of how Rig­gins ended up in the lake. “With the dogs out there, it’s not a bad idea to go into the wa­ter.”

Goodyear said Rig­gins had told his girl­friend by tele­phone that he would be bur­glar­iz­ing homes the evening of Nov. 13 and later told her he was be­ing chased by deputies.

— Reuters

SA woman at­tempts to sell baby on­line

JO­HAN­NES­BURG — A mother pleaded guilty in a South African court to hav­ing tried to sell her baby on the In­ter­net for M5 000, the on­line news ser­vice News24 said.

“I ad­mit that my ac­tions were wrong­ful, un­law­ful and in­ten­tional. I have no de­fense,” the 20-year-old woman was quoted as say­ing by News24.

Po­lice said the woman was ar­rested in Oc­to­ber fol­low­ing a tip-off from a mem­ber of the pub­lic who said that a baby was be­ing sold on the web­site Gumtree.

She was freed on bail and placed un­der house ar­rest. Sen­tenc­ing will be car­ried out on Feb. 29 at the Mag­is­trates Court in the east­ern town of Pi­eter­mar­itzburg.

— Reuters

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