‘Baby boiler dad’ appears in court

2011-01-05 00:00

A MAN who allegedly placed his one-year-old daughter into boiling hot water, causing serious burns to her body on December 22, appeared in court yesterday.

Khulekhani Mjoli (25) was not asked to plead to any charges when he appeared briefly before magistrate Divesh Mootheram, and the case was postponed to February 14 for further investigation.

Mjoli said he wants to represent himself at his trial, notwithstanding a warning by the court that he faces a minimum sentence of 10 years imprisonment if he is convicted of the offence.

Mjoli faces a charge of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

He is currently out on warning having been released from custody when the prosecutor at court declined to enroll the matter because the police docket contained inadequate information.

Police subsequently took additional statements and the case returned to court yesterday.

It is alleged that Mjoli put the child into a basin filled with boiling water to “discipline” her after she defecated in the house. The toddler’s mother was reportedly at work at the time of the incident.

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