Cape Town – A South African man and his German partner have reportedly been arrested in Queensland, Australia for allegedly torturing and killing their seven-month-old baby boy.
Reinhardt “Ryan” Bosch, 33, and his German partner, Noemi Kondacs, 22, appeared via video link in the Brisbane magistrate’s court on Friday after being charged with murder and torture, reported Brisbane Times.
The report said that Bosch, who was born in Pretoria, also faced an additional charge of assaulting baby Rhuan Immanuel his whole life.
Police were called by paramedics to a home in Yugar on Thursday morning about an “unresponsive boy”, the report said.
The couple were taken into custody at the home where the baby was found dead.
They were questioned by the police and later charged with murder, reported 9News
“The investigation has uncovered injuries to the child that are enough for us to charge murder,” the report quoted Queensland Police Detective Inspector David Jackman as saying.
Injuries suffered by the baby left veteran police shaken, the report said.
“It certainly hits home, I’ve been a detective for 30-odd years and it’s one of the most confronting scenes that I’ve seen,” Jackman was quoted saying.
The couple’s religious beliefs will form part of the investigation, the report said.
Daily Mail reported that Bosch allegedly tortured baby Rhuan for most of his life with an unknown instrument.
It was alleged on the day of the murder, that the two suspects prayed for the recovery of the baby before calling paramedics when he did not respond, the report said.
The matter was adjourned to December 5.
Picture: Facebook/ Ryan Bosch
Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe