Poppie's mom and stepdad to appear in court after alleged suicide attempt

By Kirstin Buick
25 January 2017

The murder-accused reportedly tried to slit his wrists in the holding cells at Brits Police Station.

Kobus Koekemoer, stepfather of slain toddler Poppie van der Merwe, reportedly tried to slit his wrists in the holding cells at Brits Police Station.

Kobus, who stands accused of kicking and beating the four-year-old to death last year, was expected to appear alongside his wife and Poppie’s mother, Louisa, on Wednesday in the local magistrate court.

Poppie's stepfather Kobus. Poppie's stepfather Kobus.

A trusted source close to the investigation told YOU Kobus had spent much of last week in hospital.

Louisa's lawyer Adrian Nell said he was coming straight from the hospital to the courtroom.

This comes after YOU’s sister magazine Huisgenoot published letters from Kobus (45) to Lousia (43) which read: “I was the one who had to stop you from taking you own life and calm you down.”

They married in November 2015 in Orania in the Northern Cape but moved to Brits in the North West shortly before Poppie’s death.

The couple are being jointly charged with Poppie’s murder on a dilapidated farm outside of town on 25 October 2016. She was allegedly kicked to death, but a post mortem also revealed several older bruises. She was declared on arrival at the hospital. Louisa was taken into custody on December 15 last year.

Protesters clad in pink in and campaigning in outrage over the brutal death of the little girl are expected to once again make an appearance outside of court.

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