Pre-sentencing proceedings to commence in Jasmin Pretorius case

The four-year-old’s uncle confessed to raping & killing her in December 2013.

Sarel du Toit confessed to raping and murdering jis niece, Jasmin Pretorius. Picture: Mia Lindeque.

JOHANNESBURG - Pre-sentencing proceedings are expected to get underway today in the trial against a man who has confessed to raping and murdering his four-year-old niece, Jasmin Pretorius, in Brakpan two years ago.

In December 2013, Pretorius's body was found under a bed in her father's Brakpan apartment.

On Monday, her 25-year-old uncle pleaded guilty in the High Court in Pretoria.

Sarel du Toit showed no emotion as he pleaded guilty to both rape and murder charges, while Jasmin's parents were visibly relieved.

The trial has been dragging on for two years now, due to du Toit being sent for psychiatric observation.

Anti-child abuse group Wild Wild Guardians' Letitia Herbst says they want du Toit to be given the maximum sentence.

"If he's going to get life, I will be the first one to say 'yes' in that courtroom. He deserves for the key to be thrown away."

A psychiatric report is expected to be submitted in court today, in mitigation and aggravation of sentence.

The state is pushing for a life sentence, but the defence is most likely to argue for a more lenient sentence.