Gauteng man accused of killing his baby shows no emotion in court

By Faeza
22 June 2016


A man accused of killing his 6-month-old baby boy showed no emotion when he appeared before the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

Marthinus Pelser, 22, appeared briefly in court, wearing a blue shirt and dark blue Guess jeans.

Taking his jacket off while making his way up the stairs to the box, Pelser showed no emotion.

He was arrested in Honeydew last Wednesday after going on the run.

The baby's mother arrived home from work at 19:20 on Saturday, after leaving him in the care of Pelser for the day.

"When she asked her husband where the child was, he told her that he was sleeping in the bedroom. It is alleged that when she went to check on the baby, she found the child wrapped in a blanket and not breathing," Makhubela said.

"Paramedics were summoned and they certified the child dead."

'Never push a man'

The infant was found to have sustained head injuries and burn wounds. Pelser allegedly went on the run in his partner's Kia. He was caught in Strubens Valley after the car ran out of petrol.

Pelser posted on Facebook: "Never push a man to violence, who has been waiting for an excuse to use it."

The post was accompanied by a picture of a creature with a demonic appearance.

As Pelser made his way back down the stairs, he gazed at the audience in a half full court for a moment, as if he was looking for a specific person.

Pelser will remain in custody and will appear in court on July 28.