More details emerge of Jasmin Pretorius's murder, rape

The four-year-old’s uncle Sarel du Toit pleaded guilty yesterday to killing the child in December 2013.

Sarel Du Toit, who pleaded guilty to killing four-year-old Jasmin Pretorius, in the dock in the High Court in Pretoria on 10 November 2015. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

PRETORIA - The High Court in Pretoria has heard more details about how four-year-old Jasmin Pretorius was raped and strangled by her uncle Sarel du Toit.

Du Toit pleaded guilty yesterday to killing the child in December 2013.

Jasmin Pretorius was found under du Toit's bed in her father's Brakpan flat.

A pathologist told the court during aggravation of sentence that Jasmin had several bruises on her face, which confirms the confession by du Toit.

The pathologist said Jasmine was repeatedly raped and that she must have woken up from the excruciating pain.

Yesterday, du Toit said he had a few drinks before the crime and that he raped his niece on purpose.

"Jasmin was asleep when I started touching her. I raped her. She woke up. I suffocated her. I didn't want her to make a noise," he told the court.

The post-mortem report also confirmed that du Toit strangled her with his hands.

The doctor compared the child's pain during the murder to that of an adult woman who was giving birth.

Pretorius's mother Sasha Lee Bam cried as she heard some of the evidence.

She told the court that Jasmin was fond of her uncle.

Bam testified that her daughter regularly saw her uncle and that she trusted him.

The mother told the court that her older daughter Jessica, who was also in the flat during the time of the crime, had lost her best friend.

Du Toit sat silently in the dock with his head slightly bowed, refusing to make eye contact.

The defence has acknowledged that only a lengthy sentence would be appropriate, but not a life sentence.

The State and Bam are hoping for life in prison when sentence is handed down on Friday.