A 26-year-old man arrested in connection with the murder of his neighbour’s 17 month old toddler on Monday, 02 November 2020 at about 18:30 at Thomo village has appeared before the Giyani magistrate court.
The suspect was granted R6000 bail and his case was postponed to 14 December 2020 for further police investigations.
It is alleged that the suspect had a quarrel with his neighbour about their children and later went to their house to confront them. Upon arrival, a fight broke out between the suspect and the mother joined by her eldest daughter.
During the fight, the suspect went back to his house and came back with a hard object and tried to assault the mother who was carrying the baby. In the process, the suspect alledgedly hacked the baby who got seriously injured. She was then rushed to the hospital for medical treatment but succumbed to the injuries.
The suspect was traced immediately after the incident and arrested for assault GBH which was initially opened and has since been changed to murder.