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NPA accepts sentence for woman who beat girl (3) to death

Anthea Kleynhans was sentenced on Thursday, for killing Lache Stols more than five years ago.

FILE: A poster for Lache Stols outside the Cape Town High Court on October 24, 2017. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says it accepts an effective 18-year prison sentence handed down against a woman who beat to death her boyfriend’s three-year-old daughter.

Anthea Kleynhans was sentenced on Thursday, for killing Lache Stols more than five years ago.

Kleynhans admits to having repeatedly abused the child, but says she didn't intend to kill her.

Three-year-old Stols came to live with her father in October 2011, but instead of a caring environment, she was introduced to three months of torture at the hands of her father's girlfriend.

Kleynhans blames alcohol for her aggression towards the child, but she now accepts responsibility for her actions.

The NPA's Eric Ntabazalila says they wanted a harsher punishment, but welcome the jail term.

“We accept the decision of the court, although we wanted a life imprisonment. The child suffered and it’s difficult to imagine that any person can impose harm on a three-year-old child over a period of three months.”

The judge has not handed down a life sentence because she believes Kleynhans can be rehabilitated.

It's not clear whether the State will appeal the sentence.