Brakpan child murder case postponed

2014-01-13 12:09
People put a teddy bear alongside flowers, candles and messages of condolences in the front of a flat in Brakpan where the body of the little girl was found. (Sapa)

People put a teddy bear alongside flowers, candles and messages of condolences in the front of a flat in Brakpan where the body of the little girl was found. (Sapa)

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Brakpan outraged by girl's murder

2014-01-08 08:30

Scores of Brakpan residents have expressed outrage over the murder of a 4-year-old girl during the court appearance of the alleged perpetrator.WATCH

Johannesburg - The case of a man accused of raping and killing his 4-year-old niece was postponed by the Brakpan Magistrate's Court on Monday.

The 23-year-old wore the same black and grey striped T-shirt he wore to court last week.

He avoided making eye-contact with people in the public gallery, and looked down at his hands and fiddled with them during the proceedings.

He has now been provided with a legal aid lawyer, Pieter van Niekerk.

Van Niekerk indicated that his client had chosen to remain silent and would not apply for bail.

Xingwana at court

He was due to undergo DNA testing and to plead.

The case was postponed to 13 March for further investigation.

Among those attending the hearing on Monday was Women, Children and People with Disabilities Minister Lulu Xingwana.

Like many of the protesters at the court, she wore a pink blouse and a pink skirt. The girl was wearing a pink top the day she was murdered.

She was reported missing on Saturday, 28 December and, after questioning by the police, her uncle apparently confessed to the crime.

He showed the police the girl's body underneath a bed in her father's flat.

Her parents are divorced and the father reportedly left her in the man's care while he spent time with his girlfriend.

A watertight case - NPA

Last Monday, National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Mxolisi Nxasana expressed confidence in the case against the man.

"It's a watertight case and we are certain that we will make a conviction," he said.

Hundreds of people attended the girl's memorial service held in the city last week. Many called for justice.

The girl was cremated last week and her mother had said she intended to scatter her daughter's ashes in the ocean.

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