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Diepsloot stepfather may be in SA illegally

Fernando Sodanvo was denied bail because of his Mozambican nationality.

Fernando Sodanvo was denied bail because of his Mozambican nationality. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The stepfather of a seven-month-old baby boy whose mutilated body was found in his home at Diepsloot 10 days ago is being investigated for possibly being in South Africa illegally.

Fernando Sodanvo, 35, and his girlfriend Nokuthula Gumede, 23, face charges of allegedly murdering their baby boy.

The Pretoria Magistrates Court denied him bail on Wednesday because of the pending investigation around his nationality.

The 35-year-old told the court he's not sure when he came to South Africa because he was still too young.

He estimated that he ended up in the country at the age of 13.

He was denied bail last week because of his Mozambican nationality which makes him a flight risk.

Sidanvo denies he had anything to do with his stepson's murder and told the magistrate he was nowhere near Diepsloot on the weekend of the baby's death.

Both Sidanvo and Gumede will remain in police custody until their next court appearance next Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Gumede refused to apply for bail because she fears she'll be attacked if she returns home.

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