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Shock & anger after girl (5) allegedly beaten to death for urinating on couch
There are mounting calls for the 29-year-old suspect to be handed the maximum jail term.
JOHANNESBURG – Amid widespread shock and anger over the deadly assault of a child who had wet herself in the North West, there are mounting calls this morning for the man who allegedly killed the little girl to be handed the maximum jail term. The ANCWL says after talking to the family of the five-year-old, it’s learnt that community members had suspected an abusive relationship.
Police have arrested the 29-year-old man, who is accused of beating the five-year-old child to death with a belt on Wednesday.
It’s understood the suspect flew into a rage when the child urinated on a couch while she slept.
The African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL)’s Tokozile Xasa says answers are needed.
“We understand and appreciate the fact that police acted, but we also want to understand what happened. What was the set up between the whole family?”
Police say the suspect allegedly used electric wires to tie the child up and then beat her to death with a belt.
The suspect is expected to make his court appearance today.
The police’s Kelebogile Moleko says it’s alleged the suspect attacked the child for urinating in her sleep.
“According to these reports the minor allegedly slept on the couch and when she woke up, the suspect realised that she’d urinated on the couch and became furious.”
Xasa says, “What’s critical is that the community knows what has been happening in the family.”
She’s called on community members to help police with information.
(Edited by Tamsin Wort)
The ANCWL says after talking to the family of the five-year-old, it’s learnt that community members had suspected an abusive relationship.