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CT baby killer to be admitted to Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital

The Western Cape High Court has ordered that Van Tonder be sent to Valkenberg Hospital for observation for 30 days.

Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital. Picture: westerncape.gov.za

CAPE TOWN - A man who confessed to beating to death 16-month-old Asheeqah Scott in Delft will spend the festive season at Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital.

Pieter van Tonder was arrested last September.

He was in a relationship with the girl's mother at the time.

The Western Cape High Court has ordered that Van Tonder be sent to Valkenberg Hospital for observation for 30 days.

Sentencing proceedings against the 37-year-old were scheduled to begin on Thursday.

However, Judge Mushtak Parker revealed that a probation officer's report he recently received painted a picture of Van Tonder as a peaceful person who did not have a violent nature.

The judge says before sentencing can continue, Van Tonder's personality must be determined as well as what drove him to commit such a heinous crime against a child.

Van Tonder has admitted to being high on mandrax and dagga when he killed his ex-girlfriend's baby.

The case has been postponed to mid-January.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)