Weekend Post (South Africa)

Looking Back


THE Weekend Post of March 4 2006 was headlined “Father-to-be Best tried to kill girlfriend, unborn child five times previously, court told as psychiatri­c tests ordered”. Written by Barbara Hollands, it read: In a dramatic court appearance yesterday, alleged baby killer David Best was accused by the State of having tried six times to have his girlfriend Melissa Shelver and their unborn child killed.

This stems from a shooting on Valentine’s Day when Best and his estranged girlfriend Shelver were “hijacked” as they left an East London clinic.

The hijacker made them drive to Fort Jackson, where he shot Best in the chest and Shelver in the stomach.

Best rushed Shelver to hospital where the baby, Jenna-May, was born by caesarian section but died less than 30 minutes later due to her injuries.

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