State calls for couple to be barred from seeing child in KZN abuse case

2018-04-11 23:00
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The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has opposed visitation rights for a KwaZulu-Natal mother and her partner who are facing charges of attempted murder after a video allegedly showing them beating her 4-year-old daughter went viral.

Prosecutor Ishara Sewnarayan on Wednesday said the State wanted to add a bail condition.

"We propose that both accused have no contact with the child or anyone caring for the child."

The mother, who cannot be named to preserve the dignity of the child, is opposing the additional bail condition.

Magistrate Chris Annamalai said the matter would be postponed to April 25 while the mother's lawyers prepared an opposing argument for the additional bail condition.

Annamalai said there would be a Children's Court hearing on April 17 for the mother.

Community outraged

The Verulam Magistrate's Court was packed to capacity as the couple stood in the docks with somber expressions on their faces and with their heads down.

Outside court, Phoenix community policing forum chairperson Omesh Singh said the community was outraged at the video showing the alleged child abuse.

"The community is obviously up in arms. We want to stamp out child abuse completely and we are outraged at what we have seen."

At least 50 people protested outside the entrance of the court, hurling insults at the couple and calling for justice.

A woman who asked not to be named said the abuse was shocking.

"We cannot keep having these things happening to our people in our community. How will that child now grow up? You just can't treat anyone, let alone a child, that way. They need love."

Accused's car torched

The video showing the brutal beating of the 4-year-old has formed part of the evidence against the two accused.

The two-minute video, allegedly recorded by the mother's boyfriend, shows a woman smacking, punching, kicking and stamping on the child.

The 25-year-old mother and her partner were initially charged with assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. This was later changed to attempted murder after the video was leaked.

The man handed himself over to police after his vehicle was torched by angry residents at his parents' home.

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