‘Burnt toddler’ dad free

2010-12-30 00:00

THE case against a man who allegedly put his one-year-old daughter into a tub of boiling hot water as punishment last week, did not get to court because the police docket lacks vital statements, The Witness learned yesterday.

The public prosecutor declined to enrol the matter and referred the docket back to police with instructions to carry out additional investigations before bringing the matter back to court for trial.

The result was that the accused had to be released pending further investigations into the case required by the prosecution.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan confirmed yesterday that previous information that the accused was granted bail by the court last Friday turned out to be inaccurate, and that the case was in fact never enrolled at court.

Court sources told The Witness that when it arrived at court the police docket contained only a single statement from the mother of the little girl based on a hearsay account of what had happened to the child.

This is insufficient for prosecution to proceed and the prosecutor had no choice but to send the docket back.

Jeevan said yesterday the docket is receiving urgent attention and it is hoped that the necessary evidence will be obtained within the next 24 hours.

“Provided that we are able to obtain a statement from the eyewitness to the incident, the matter should be back on the [court] roll by Friday [tomorrow],” said Jeevan.

The Witness reported that the toddler’s father allegedly boiled water in a kettle, placed it into a basin and then put the child into the water to punish her for “making a mess” in the house. He later took the toddler to hospital.

The child suffered severe burns to her lower body and is still in a serious condition in hospital.

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