South Africa 24.5.2018 07:58 am

Sentencing proceedings for Poppie van der Merwe’s mother, stepfather for her murder

Louisa Koekemoer accused alongside her husband, Kobus Koeokemoer, for killing her three-year-old daughter Poppie van der Merwe, is seen in the Pretoria High Court during the trail in October 2017. Picture: Jacques Nelles

Louisa Koekemoer accused alongside her husband, Kobus Koeokemoer, for killing her three-year-old daughter Poppie van der Merwe, is seen in the Pretoria High Court during the trail in October 2017. Picture: Jacques Nelles

The mother and stepfather have been convicted of the abuse and murder of Poppie and abuse of a five-year-old boy.

Sentencing proceedings in the trial of Poppie van der Merwe’s mother and stepfather are expected to go ahead in the High Court in Pretoria on Thursday.

Poppie’s mother, Louisa Koekemoer, 47, and stepfather Kobus Koekemoer, 44, have been convicted of the abuse and murder of Poppie and abuse of a five-year-old boy.

Kobus Koekemoer, Poppie’s stepfather, allegedly kicked her to death at a farm in Mamogaleskraal near Brits on October 25, 2016, she died on arrival in hospital.

He was arrested in October 2016, and Louisa was arrested on December 15, 2016, after a post-mortem indicated that Poppie had died from a severe brain haemorrhage caused by a blunt object. Police arrested her when she told police a different version of what had happened.

African News Agency (ANA)

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