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Fetus Found in Secondary School’s Toilet

Police are investigating the discovery of a fetus found in the toilet of a secondary school located in the north of the island.

Investigators were unable to provide more details on the discovery when we went to press yesterday claiming that a post mortem must first be conducted.

However THE VOICE learned that the discovery was made by one of the school’s staff members and at about 12:50 p.m., Monday the school notified officers attached to the CID Gros Islet Police Station of a concealment of birth at the school.

THE VOICE also learned that the fetus was not brought to full term and that a pathologist examined it. A scheduled date for the post mortem has not yet been made as of yesterday when we went to press.

Investigators are treating the case according to Section 175 of the Criminal Code that deals with Concealment of Birth.

The Code states that (1) Any person who conceals the body of a child, whether such child was born alive or not, with intent to conceal the fact of its birth, existence, or death, or the manner or cause of its death, is liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for five years. (2) The provisions of subsection (1) shall not apply— (a) in the case of a fetus less than 6 months; (b) to the case of intent to conceal the birth, existence or death of a child or the manner or cause of the death from any particular person or persons only.

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