Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


SA court opposes bail for cop charged with bashing baby’s skull

04 October 2016, 21:04 Jenna Etheridge, News24

Cape Town – Details of the injuries a policeman allegedly inflicted on his ex-girlfriend’s baby were read out in the Blue Downs Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

The man, a father of four children, chewed gum in the dock as he listened to the prosecutor during his bail application. The court has not yet heard whether he is the baby's father. He cannot be named in terms of a court order.

The prosecutor said the 10-month-old baby was still in hospital after being admitted last month. She had multiple skull fractures, bruises to her head, and swelling on the brain.

He said he would not indicate at present whether he intended pleading guilty or not guilty.

The constable was charged with attempted murder, common assault, and contravention of a protection order.

He would not say whether the first two offences were allegedly committed while the order was in place.

The State is opposing his release on bail because it believes he will harm witnesses. Answering in Xhosa, the 36-year-old said he did not know who the witnesses were. Later he confirmed he knew two of the witnesses: the victim and her mother.

While he did not have any other previous convictions, two serious charges came to light during questioning. He said he was charged with murder in 2013 and released on R1 500 bail. The case was provisionally withdrawn last year.

He was arrested for intimidation in 2014 and paid bail. He said witnesses did not come to court, he got his bail money back and the matter was withdrawn.

Sole breadwinner

Dressed in a black jacket and jeans, he leaned against the dock and looked calm. He said he was not married and had a steady girlfriend for two years who did not live with him.

It emerged that he seemed to have another girlfriend. He had four children – aged 9, 7 and another two aged 5 - by different mothers.

The eldest child lived with him and the second child with his mother. The two youngest also lived with him because one of their mothers had got married and another had disappeared.

He paid a total of R4 400 in child maintenance and R2 100 for his home every month and was the sole breadwinner.

"No one can pay if I am denied bail and the bank will take my house," he said.

He had been in the police force for eight years and had not received a salary since his arrest.

He said some people intended raising money for him if he was released. This would allow him to attend his disciplinary hearing.

The case continues.

- News24


Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Types of men that are a waste of ...

Most women end up heartbroken because they were trying to convince the wrong man to be in a relationship/ marriage. Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Cheating is hardwork!

Cheating, although enjoyable by the person doing it initially, it gets to a point they start realizing that it was never even worth it. Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Dating that one person that socie...

Works at a massage parlour. Works at Millionaires Club (that one on Baricho road) - you know the ones I am talking about. Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
What do men mean when they say th...

As much as men think they are the ones confused by relationships, they have a better idea of it than most women actually do. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
ODM rebels sweat in Kisii as Oran...

ODM rebels are sweating in Kisii after the Orange Party won by elections despite concerted efforts by the ruling Jubilee Party to win the elections. Read more...