Acid attacker a risk to daughter, 3

2015-01-21 06:15
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Johannesburg - The trial of a man who allegedly threw acid over his ex-girlfriend is expected to begin in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

During his last appearance in December, Jan Pieterse, 29, was denied bail as the court heard he was a flight risk and that after the attack he allegedly continued sending text messages to Ines Antonio, 22, threatening to kill her. Pieterse is charged with attempted murder.

The court felt his three-year-old daughter with Antonio could be at risk if he was released on bail.

"We have to consider the interests of the child who is being looked after by a landlady," police detective, Constable Edith Thaisa told the magistrate at the time.

Antonio is in hospital undergoing skin grafts after sustaining burns to her face and chest in the attack outside her home in Sydenham on November 3.

Their daughter, who was with Antonio at the time, sustained minor acid burns to her arms.

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