Poppie's death saved her brother - biological father

2016-11-18 15:07
Christo van der Merwe is consoled outside the Brits Magistrate's Court. (Thapelo Maphakela, Netwerk24)

Christo van der Merwe is consoled outside the Brits Magistrate's Court. (Thapelo Maphakela, Netwerk24)

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Brits - The one good thing that’s come of 3-year-old Poppie van der Merwe’s death, her father says, is that her 5-year-old brother is safe.

Christo van der Merwe, Poppie’s biological father, spoke outside the Brits Magistrate’s Court where Poppie’s stepfather, Kobus Koekemoer, appeared in connection with her death, Netwerk24 reported. 

Koekemoer, 43, is said to have repeatedly kicked Poppie on his farm near Brits in October. 

She died on the 25th. 

Van der Merwe read a statement outside court: "My pain over Poppie’s death is unbearable. I do not have words to describe how I feel. No one will understand my pain. The legal system failed Poppie. The SAPS just listened to the claims made by Louisa [Poppie's mother] and never allowed me to give my side of the story."  

Koekemoer appeared briefly in court on Friday.

Unlike Thursday, when he was wearing the clothes he’d had on during his first appearance in November, this time Koekemoer had on a black suit and tie. 

His lawyer asked in the packed court room that the case be postponed until November 28, when the suspect will formally apply for bail.

The request was granted. 

Van der Merwe sat between a group of women wearing pink, who were protesting against Koekemoer. 

Van der Merwe also wore a pink T-shirt, with Poppie’s face on the back.

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