A man 32 year old man from Eastern Cape was sentenced to 20 years after he beat his five year old stepdaughter to death.
Siphelo Melfin and his Nosikhumbuzo Mabusela, 28, who was the mother of the girl were both found guilty. Nosikhumbuzo was sentenced to to three years’ for defeating the ends of justice.
The pair had buried the young girl in her step-grandmother’s front garden.
Siphelo and Nosikhumbuzo were sentenced at Mdantsane Regional Court on Thursday by Magistrate Bulelwa Gixana.
“A child soiling herself is part of growing up and can’t be her signing her own death warrant. She died a gruesome death at the hands of the people who were supposed to love and nurture her,” Gixana said when handing down her judgement.
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