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McBride child abuse case to resume next year

Robert McBride’s teenage daughter claims that he beat her and tried to strangle her, but he has denied the allegation, saying that he only admonished her.

FILE: Robert McBride. Picture: AFP

PRETORIA - The Pretoria Magistrates Court has given Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) head Robert McBride until the end of next month to submit representations as to why he should not be prosecuted on charges of child abuse.

His teenage daughter claims that he beat her and tried to strangle her, but he has denied the allegation, saying that he only admonished her.

The watchdog body boss was released on bail of R10,000 in August.

McBride must file his representations with the National Prosecuting Authority by the end of next month.

The court on Monday heard that the charge sheet was only served on McBride last week.

The magistrate postponed proceedings until the end of February when the prosecutor is expected to inform the court of its decision after considering the representations.

While McBride’s daughter has obtained a protection order against him, he has denied assaulting her.

McBride says he wants the trial to proceed as soon as possible so he can clear his name.