Child murder, rape accused back in court

Jasmin Pretorius. Image: Supplied.

A man accused of raping and killing his four-year-old niece in Brakpan, on the East Rand, is due to make his third appearance in the local magistrate’s court on Monday.

The 23-year-old last appeared in the Brakpan Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday. He asked to apply for a State lawyer and the case was postponed until Monday to give him time to do so. He cannot be identified until he has pleaded.

Scores of people, most dressed in pink T-shirts, gathered outside the court at the last appearance. The murdered girl was dressed in a pink T-shirt the night of her killing. She was reported missing on Saturday, December 28 and, after questioning by police, the uncle apparently confessed to the crime.

He subsequently showed them the girl’s body underneath a bed in her father’s flat. Her parents are divorced and the father reportedly left her in the man’s care to spend time with his girlfriend.

Last Monday National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Mxolisi Nxasana expressed confidence in the case against the man.

“It’s a watertight case and we are certain that we will make a conviction,” he said.

The girl was cremated last week.

– Sapa



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