Uncle in court for murder of 4-year-old girl

2013-12-30 10:15

A relative of a four-year-old girl who was murdered in Brakpan at the weekend is due in court today after allegedly confessing to the crime, Gauteng police said.

The 23-year-old was expected to appear in the Brakpan Magistrates’ Court on a charge of murder, said spokesperson Captain Tsekiso Mofokeng.

“A missing person’s report was issued on Saturday morning and the police and the community started looking [for the girl]. We had to do our own investigation,” said Mofokeng.

Police then interviewed the family.

“We identified that one of the family members did not give a confident story ... He gave many versions.”

Mofokeng said the man was charged with kidnapping. Later “he gave in and confessed” and helped the police find the body underneath a bed in her father’s flat.

“We will hear from the post-mortem what caused the death and whether there was sexual assault,” said Mofokeng.

The Star today named the murdered girl as Jasmin Pretorius and reported that her uncle – who apparently had a long history of drug abuse – had initially told police he had sold the girl to Nigerian drug dealers for drugs. He then confessed to strangling her and hiding her body under the bed.

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