Former teacher jailed for killing girl

2013-06-03 19:27

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Johannesburg - A man who killed his girlfriend's 9-year-old daughter with a spanner was jailed for 15 years by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Monday.

Judge Nico Coetzee convicted former teacher and part-time soccer coach Gerald Kibido, 47, of murdering 9-year-old Danielle Gaysman at his Eersterust home in May 2012.

The defence had asked for a partly suspended sentence, but Coetzee found the crime was so serious it deserved the maximum sentence prescribed for unpremeditated murder.

Kibido had pleaded guilty.

He testified he had an argument with the girl's mother, Mandy Cornelson, the morning of the murder, because she and her three children went out without telling him where they were going.

He sent several SMS messages to Cornelson to find out where she was.

When Gaysman returned home alone, he asked her where the others were, but she did not answer him and went to her room.

He followed her, and said she had seemed nervous.

"I really wanted to know why she was alone, because she was not supposed to be alone. She screamed and shouted a lot, saying I must stay away from her.

"She panicked and subsequently fell and hurt herself. In trying to help her, the thing just got out of hand and I ended up hitting her with the spanner that was under the bed."

Kibido said he did not know what came over him.

"The blood I saw just made things worse for me. I just went into a state of panic myself," he said.

Confession

Kibido admitted he must have hit her several times on the head and mouth with the spanner because she had numerous skull fractures and loose teeth.

He admitted cleaning up the blood before stuffing the girl's body into a freezer.

Asked why he had put her body in the freezer, Kibido said he panicked and wanted to spare her family the trauma of seeing her like that.

That night, he and Cornelson went to the police station to report Gaysman missing.

He joined the search for her that night.

He handed himself to police after a family member found the girl's body, and local residents threatened to take the law into their own hands.

A tearful Cornelson testified she would not forgive Kibido.

"I cannot understand why he did it. God help me, but I will never forgive him," she said.

- SAPA

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