18-month-old was raped before dying

2017-06-21 14:44
Family and friends gathered outside the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court with placards stating their pleas for no bail for the murder accused.

Family and friends gathered outside the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court with placards stating their pleas for no bail for the murder accused. (Nomzamo Yuku)

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A rape charge has been added against the stepfather who was charged with murder last week following the accusations of killing an 18-month-old boy from Factreton.

The state prosecutor revealed that the baby's mother will also be charged with murder, saying the charge will formally be presented in court on the next court appearance date. She was previously only charged under the children's act.

The prosecutor says the two are facing serious charges and is opposing bail for both suspects and says they should remain in custody until the trail.

The stepfather and mother of the baby appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court for a bail application today (Wednesday 21 June), but the case has been postponed to Monday 5 July for a bail application.

Outside the court the community held placards opposing bail for the stepfather and pleading for the mother’s release.

However, the paternal family of the boy says they want both accused to be denied bail as they believe the mother was careless for leaving her son in the care of his stepfather.

The baby's funeral will take place at the New Apostolic Church in Factreton on Saturday 24 June at 09:00.

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