The Gauteng High Court sentenced a man to 25 years’ imprisonment for the murder of his toddler daughter.
- A man has been sentenced to 25 years’ imprisonment
for murdering his daughter.
- The three-year-old child’s body was found in an
open veld five days after she had disappeared.
- The child was decapitated, and her head thrown into
A Gauteng father convicted of killing and
decapitating his three-year-old daughter has been handed a hefty sentence.
On Wednesday, the Gauteng High Court in
Johannesburg sentenced Musi Hlatshwayo to 25 years’ imprisonment for the murder
of his toddler.
The murder took place on 24 January 2017, when
Siphesihle Ndlovu’s grandmother left her in the care of her father. Hlatshwayo
was supposed to have taken Ndlovu to pre-school.
Instead, he committed a gruesome murder, the court
Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Mavela
The father, aged 24, then killed his daughter and decapitated her. He threw the head into a stream and put the body on a tree branch in Vosloorus.
Masondo said the child’s disappearance was reported
A search was launched, and the body was discovered
five days later in an open veld. The police traced and arrested the father.
Gauteng police commissioner, Lieutenant General
Elias Mawela, welcomed the sentence.
“We congratulate the detective for the hard
work and thorough investigation that led to the successful conviction of the accused.
The fight against crime committed against women and children remains on top of
the Gauteng police’s list of priorities. We are pleased with this successful
conviction and believe it will send a strong message to those who abuse
children,” said Mawela.
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