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McBride allowed to spend festive season with youngest daughter

Ipid head Rober McBride appeared in court on Tuesday in connection with a charge of child abuse after allegedly assaulting one of his daughters three months ago.

FILE: Ipid head Robert McBride seen in court. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Head of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) Robert McBride has been granted permission by a court to spend the festive season with one of his young daughters.

McBride appeared in court on Tuesday in connection with a charge of child abuse after allegedly assaulting one of his daughters three months ago.

He admits admonishing the child, but says he did not assault her.

McBride’s attorney brought an application in the Pretoria Magistrates Court on Tuesday to amend his client's bail conditions so that he can make contact with his youngest daughter.

She's a potential State witness in the child abuse case against him.

The State did not oppose the application, but there is a condition that he cannot discuss the matter before the court with his daughter.

It also emerged in court that the State is yet to take a statement from the younger daughter who was the only witness to the alleged incident of abuse.

This despite a case being opened three months ago.

The prosecution could give no explanation as to why this has not been done.