Courts sentence men who killed two baby girls

2016-08-16 19:36
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Cape Town - Violence against women and children was in the spotlight on Tuesday as men were sentenced in separate cases for the brutal murders of two baby girls.

In Cape Town, a Montagu man was sentenced to an effective 13 years in jail for beating his 3-month old daughter Anthonique to death.

Eugene Plaatjies, 25, received concurrent sentences of six years for child abuse, 13 years for murder and a year for assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The baby was chronically abused and sustained numerous fractures, bruises and lacerations.
She died a day after being admitted to hospital in 2014.

The Western Cape High Court said it was highly improbable that she would have received those injuries from falling off a 60cm high bed.

In determining the sentence, the court took into account that Plaatjies was still young, had spent two years in custody and had good prospects for rehabilitation.

Lack of remorse

Acting Judge Nolita Kose said this was balanced with the fact that little Anthonique was abused over a period of time and died of unnatural causes.

This was at the hands of someone who was supposed to love and protect her.

She felt Plaatjies had only felt sorry for his actions at a late stage and appeared to have a lack of remorse.

The child’s mother, Louise Alkaster, received a suspended five-year sentence after pleading guilty to child neglect.

She had testified about the abuse suffered at the hands of Plaatjies.

“I cannot imagine the trauma suffered by Louise and her family,” Kose said. “They will have to live with the grief caused by the accused’s actions.”

Plaatjies was deemed unsuitable to work with children and his name added to the child protection register.

Jealous lover

On the other side of the country, in Johannesburg, a court handed down much harsher sentences on Tuesday for the killing of 3-month old Patience Tshuma.

The Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court handed a life sentence to Xolani Ndlovu, 26, for killing his former lover’s baby, said Diepsloot police spokesperson Captain Daniel Mavimbela.

Accomplice Oscar Sibanda, 22, was handed down 18 years in jail for his role in the murder.

Ndlovu apparently arrived at Duduzile Moyo’s house last July and accused her of having been unfaithful in conceiving baby Patience.

He assaulted both Moyo and her daughter with a hammer while his accomplice stood guard at the door.
“Ndlovu also went ahead to assault Moyo's two other children aged 5 and 7... for he could not stand the children crying hysterically for help,” said Mavimbela.

Baby Patience died from head injuries, including a cracked skull.

Ndlovu fled the scene but was arrested on the West Rand a few weeks later.

The two were handed an additional 11 years for burglary, attempted murder and assault.

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