National 23.8.2016 11:51 am

‘Killer dad’ Pelser allegedly visits Facebook from jail

Marthinus Pelser at his first court appearance. Photo: Riaan van Zyl

Marthinus Pelser at his first court appearance. Photo: Riaan van Zyl

Pelser, arrested for the alleged murder of his son in June, is said to have accessed Facebook while in prison.

Allegations that Marthinus Pelser, 22, who is facing a charge of murder after the death of his six-month-old son, has access to a cellphone inside the Krugersdorp Correctional Facility, have yet to disproven.

Correctional services department spokesperson Linda de Klerk initially said having access to a cellphone was a serious offence, and that she would initiate an immediate investigation, Roodepoort Record reported.

READ MORE: ‘Killer dad’ Pelser back in court

She has yet to provide feedback on whether the incident has been investigated, and if so, what the findings are.

Honeydew police spokesperson also informed the investigating officer of the allegations. He has approached the facility requesting an investigation, but it is unclear whether they have responded to the request.

A screen grab of Marthinus Pelser's Facebook account, showing clearly that he was active on it on 1 August. (Photo: Supplied)

The allegations, which surfaced on August 5, are supported by a screengrab that makes it clear someone was posting from Pelser’s Facebook account during the early morning hours of August 1. He has been in custody since June 15 following the death of his son, Deon, on June 11. Pelser was on the run for five days before he was arrested.

Pelser is to appear in the Roodepoort Regional Court again on August 31.

READ MORE: Marthinus Pelser abandons bail application

– Caxton News Service

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