Acid attack trial set down for January

2014-12-16 13:51

The trial of a Joburg man who allegedly threw acid over his ex-girlfriend will begin in January.

Jan Pieterse (29) would remain in custody after being denied bail by the Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court yesterday, The Star newspaper reported today.

The court heard Pieterse was a flight risk and that after the attack he allegedly continued sending text messages to ex-girlfriend, Ines Antonio, threatening to kill her.

The court felt his three-year-old daughter with Antonio could be at risk if he was released on bail.

“We have to consider the interests of the child who is being looked after by a landlady,” police detective, Constable Edith Thaisa told the magistrate.

Antonio (22) is in hospital undergoing skin grafts after sustaining burns to her face and chest in the attack outside her home in Sydenham on November 3.

Their daughter, who was with Antonio at the time, sustained minor acid burns to her arms.

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