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Freezer babies mum gets R5000 bail in Mthatha High Court

MARCH 12, 2015
Freezer babies mum gets R5000 bail in Mthatha High Court

Mellice Jacobs, who is accused of murder and concealment of birth after dead babies were found in freezers at her Mthatha home, was on Thursday granted R5000 bail by theMthatha Magistrate's Court.

Jacobs has maintained that she had kept the bodies for up to five years, after having miscarriages from beatings by her longtime boyfriend, who is now dead. She has indicated she intends to plead not guilty to the charges.

“They are my blood and flesh. They are part of me and I would not like to let go of them. The knowledge that they were there made me feel good,” she told the court last week.

Jacobs’ evidence suggested that she conceived seven times over 10 years. Three of the children are alive while she claimed to have had miscarriages in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

She asked to be granted bail to allow her and her children time to mourn their father and to celebrate her youngest son, who turned five yesterday.

Jacobs also asked that the bodies be returned to her so that she could cremate them.

Image: courtesy of Zimkhita Macingwane via Twitter.