Valeska Abreu
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4 Mar 2015
12:45 pm

Father of murdered baby abandons bail application

Valeska Abreu

The man accused of killing a two-day-old baby believed to be his daughter has abandoned his bail application in the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court.

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Alexandre Forba appeared briefly on Wednesday morning before Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair facing a schedule five offences for the alleged murder and another charge of assault.

It is alleged Forba used the new born baby as an instrument to assault her mother, during an argument with the woman about the child’s paternity.

It is understood the couple have two other children, one in Congo and another living with a relative in Gauteng.

Forba was arrested three weeks ago after police, flat mates and paramedics had to intervene to get him to stop hitting the woman all the while also dangling the child by her feet.

At the time, the mother told paramedics that the accused had also hit the baby against the floor.

During Wednesday morning’s court proceedings, his legal representative objected to having photos of the accused taken but Nair granted an application by the media to have the accused photographed.

Forba’s attorney placed it on record that he had decided to abandon his bail application due to complications he faced with supplying the court with an address where he would live if granted bail.

The state requested a month postponement to allow it time to study possible CCTV footage of the incident, the postmortem results and to conclude witness statements.

The matter was postponed to April 13.