Girl, 18, found dead in backyard



October 3, 2016
Girl, 18, found dead in backyard

'STRANGLED': Leah Marchant, 18, from Kewtown. CREDIT: Facebook

Kewtown teen’s brutalised body found dumped at Athlone house

Mystery surrounds the brutal murder of this teenage girl whose body was found dumped in the back of a house in Athlone.

The body of Leah Marchant, 18, was discovered by neighbours of a house in Appledene Road in Silvertown on Saturday morning.

The pretty meisie, who was from Kewtown, is believed to have been strangled to death.

Witnesses say “her mouth was full of sand and her pants was pulled down”, leading to them thinking she had been raped also.

It is still unclear whether she was killed at the house or if her body was brought there and dumped.

Constable Noloyiso Rwexana confirms a murder case is under investigation.

“According to reports, police attended to a complaint [on Saturday] morning about 07.10,” she says.

“Upon arrival they found a body of 18-year-old female.

“Circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation and no one has been arrested as yet.”

Neighbours say they heard no noises or arguing from the house to indicate there was a fight.

Yesterday when the Daily Voice visited the house, the front door and security gate were open, and the television was on, but no one responded to knocks at the door.

Athlone residents took to the Manenberg Gangwatch site on Facebook to express their shock at the brutal murder and called for police to make swift arrests.

There were also comments from people that Leah had been seen smoking drugs with two boys at the house, but these were rubbished on the page.

At the scene on Saturday, Leah’s mother, Bernadine Marchant, spoke about the loss of her “well mannered” only daughter.

The mom reportedly admitted that Leah had a drug habit which saw her mixing with the wrong crowd, after she had come back from rehab.

Yesterday Bernadine refused to speak to the Daily Voice, saying her “words had been twisted by the media”.

Meanwhile, a neighbour who asked to remain anonymous, says she is stunned.

“The whole of Kewtown is shocked by this, we don’t know how something like this could happen right under hour noses without anyone seeing anything,” the woman said.

Police ask that anyone with information call Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

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