Baby Daniel sentencing: Mother gets 20 years, life term for her boyfriend

The High Court in Johannesburg has sentenced Baby Daniel’s mother to 20 years in prison and her boyfriend has been sentenced to life in prison.

FILE: Judge Collin Matshitse delivers his judgment in the Baby Daniel murder trial on 20 December 2018 in the High Court in Johannesburg. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The High Court in Johannesburg has sentenced Baby Daniel’s mother Maryke Cloete to an effective 20 years behind bars while her boyfriend Tim Naidoo has been handed a life term.

Last year the court found the boy's mother guilty of deliberate child negligence, while her partner was convicted of murder and child abuse.

Baby Daniel's body was found at his home in Naturena south of Johannesburg with severe bruises to his body and 60% burns.

Judge Collin Matshitse told the pair that they had committed a serious crime by taking the life of an innocent child.

He said violent crimes were a serious concern in South Africa and should receive appropriate sentences.

The State had argued a maximum sentence would be the only suitable punishment for the young boy’s guardians.

State prosecutor Steven Rubin told the court Baby Daniel’s mother and her boyfriend failed to tell the truth about what exactly led to the 3-year old’s death.