Killer dad sentenced

The 54-year-old man beat his three-year-old son to death with the handle of a pick-axe.

The 54-year-old man beat his three-year-old son to death with the handle of a pick-axe. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

PRETORIA - A 54-year-old man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for beating his three-year-old son to death with the handle of a pick-axe.

The sentence was handed down in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday.

The child was murdered in June 2012.

Judge Nico Coetzee found Vincent Mugwagwa was emotionally unstable when he grabbed the pick-axe and repeatedly hit his son on the head.

Shortly before the murder, the Zimbabwean immigrant had a fight with his wife, who accused him of being unfaithful.

When the argument escalated, he chased her and his four children out of the house and followed them.

The court heard the little boy ran to his father before being bludgeoned to death.

Mugwagwa told the court he could not remember what happened.

His wife pleaded with the court not to jail him because she had forgiven him and needed financial support.