Alleged Philippi baby killer to remain behind bars
The man is alleged to have beaten a 7-month-old infant to death during a domestic argument.
CAPE TOWN - A Philippi man accused of fatally assaulting his ex-girlfriend's seven-month-old daughter will remain behind bars until his next court appearance in March.
The 33-year-old appeared in the Athlone Magistrates Court yesterday.
He's alleged to have beaten the baby to death during a domestic argument last week.
The accused faces intimidation and murder charges.
He'll make a second court appearance on 2 March for consultation with his legal aid lawyer and for bail information.
Counsellors from Ilitha Labantu, a Gugulethu based organisation that helps abused women and children, attended court proceedings.
The organisation's Nomaxaba Mqela says they're providing counselling.
"This one is an extraordinary case, the way he killed the child. We visited the family and everyone in the house was traumatised."
Baby Inganathi Mnani is expected to be laid to rest later this week.