- A court has denied bail to a father charged with his daughter's murder.
- The decomposed body of Mokete Legodi's two-year-old daughter was found stuffed in a ceiling.
- The State said Legodi would flee should he be granted bail.
Bail has been denied to a North West man charged with murder after the decomposed body of his two-year-old daughter was discovered hidden in a ceiling.
Mokete Legodi appeared in the Klerksdorp Magistrate's Court on Monday. The State opposed his bail application, arguing that he would flee due to the seriousness of the charge.
Prosecutor, advocate Riekie Krause, told the court that Legodi had been contacting the child's mother while in prison, which indicated that he might interfere with witnesses when out on bail.
Neighbours discovered the two-year-old's body in the ceiling of Legodi's rental home in Alabama, near Klerksdorp, after he allegedly kidnapped the child from his girlfriend's home on 13 May 2021, while she was in hospital.
North West National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Henry Mamothame said:
When the mother was discharged from hospital the next day, she and her family searched for the child but to no avail. Later, they opened a missing persons case at the Jouberton police station.
Police arrested Legodi and initially charged him with kidnapping. He was later charged with murder after his neighbours made the gruesome discovery when investigating a foul smell coming from his house.
Legodi will be back in court on 27 October.
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