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Businessman to be sentenced for abusing toddler

By admin
19 January 2015

A Pretoria North businessman who abused his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter, leaving her in a vegetative state, will be sentenced in the North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday.

Judge Nico Coetzee on Monday postponed the 37-year-old man's trial for sentencing.

The State asked the court to sentence the divorced father of two to 10 years' imprisonment, but the defence argued that a stiff fine would suffice.

The court heard that the man's business, which installed skylights, had collapsed after his arrest but that he hoped to revive it.

Heinrich Moldenhauer, for the defence, submitted that the accused was close to his biological children and that his son had to receive psychological help to come to terms with his father's arrest.

Coetzee last week found the businessman guilty of child abuse, but acquitted him on charges of attempted murder and depriving the child, known as Baby L, of medical care.

Baby L's 20-year-old mother was acquitted of all charges.