Montagu father to be sentenced for murder of 3-month-old baby

2016-08-16 06:07


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Cape Town – Eugene Plaatjies, who was found guilty of fatally assaulting his 3-month-old daughter, is set to be sentenced in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday.

The Montagu man was convicted in April of murder, child neglect and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The child's mother, Louise Alkaster, received a suspended five-year sentence after pleading guilty to child neglect.

During his previous court appearances, social worker Charlene Demas testified that Plaatjies, 24, could still not believe Anthonique was dead and felt like he was dreaming. 

"The word that he used when he saw his baby in the coffin on the day of her funeral was that it was 'hard'," she said at the time.

Demas, however, conceded to prosecutor Maria Marshall that Plaatjies had maintained that he was innocent and that he did not take responsibility for what had happened. 

She recommended that he receive direct imprisonment.

A pathologist previously detailed numerous injuries the baby had sustained in 2014, including a skull fracture.

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