Another body found

Police are investigating a murder after a woman’s body was found in roadside bushes in Brooklyn at the weekend.

According to a resident, who didn’t want to be named, a neighbour discovered the body on Sunday morning. There was a “rope”around the woman’s neck.

The body was in a thicket in front of a house in Justin Street. Two months ago a similar discovery was made a few blocks away when neighbours found Heinrich Korunner’s body in a pool of blood in Kings Road (“Crawling home to die,” Tabletalk, May 15).

According to Maitland police station’s Captain Louis Solomons, the woman is believed to be between 30 to 35.

Captain Solomons said police suspected the woman had been strangled but he could not confirm the cause of death at this stage.

The resident who spoke to Tabletalk lives a few doors away from where the body was found. She said she had heard noises outside the night before but suspected nothing because youngsters often made a noise on the field across the road.

“I heard cars and doors opening around 4am,” she said.

The next morning, she was one of the first people to see the woman lying fully clothed in the bushes.

“The way she was lying it looked like she was trying to grab at the rope around her neck. Her fists were clenched.”

She said she had seen the woman walking in Justin Street the day before her body had been found. “She was a beautiful woman. It’s heartbreaking. I have three girls of my own,” she said.

Brooklyn Ysterplaat Neighbourhood Watch chairwoman Cheryl Castle extended her condolences to the victim’s family.