It’s a Weird World
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.
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.