Father to remain behind bars after using baby as weapon

Alexander Forba allegedly gripped the child by her legs and used her body as a club to attack his girlfriend.

FILE: Alexander Forba allegedly gripped the child by her legs and used her body as a club to attack his girlfriend. Picture: Stock.XCHNG

PRETORIA - A Pretoria father accused of murdering his own daughter by using her as a weapon to attack his girlfriend will remain behind bars for another week before applying for bail.

Police arrested the 32-year-old Cameroonian man on Sunday night near the flat he shared with his girlfriend and newborn daughter.

The child was declared dead on arrival at the Kalafong Hospital.

The Pretoria Prison Court heard how Alexander Forba allegedly grabbed his three-day-old daughter from her mother's back during a domestic dispute.

He allegedly gripped the child by her legs and used her body as a club to attack his girlfriend.

Prosecutor Sipho Letsoalo says Forba then dropped the child onto the floor and continued to attack the woman until witnesses intervened.

The baby, who had yet to be formally named, was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.

Forba faces a charge of murder and assault and will return to court next week.