A man and a woman appeared at the Bishop Lavis Magistrates court on Monday [November 16] in relation to the murder of an eight-month-old baby, believed to be their child, in Bontehewel.

According to reports, the baby was abused and killed by his parents on Friday [November 13]. The 32-year-old male and the 31-year-old female were arrested on Friday, according to the police’s Frederick van Wyk. They appeared on charges of murder on Monday.

Ward councillor Angus Mckenzie visited the home of the baby, and wrote an emotional statement about this senseless killing.

“I visited the home of an eight-month-old baby who was allegedly abused and killed by his parents on Friday. His parents have both appeared today and will remain in custody until late in January for bail application – of which I will oppose,” said Mckenzie.
The home the child lived in. Credit: Angus Mckenzie
Ward councillor Angus Mckenzie visited the home. Credit: Angus Mckenzie

“This is not Bonteheuwel! This is not the people of Bonteheuwel! These are individuals who are so sick, twisted and tormented that deserve to be made public, shamed and never allowed to see the light of day again.

“A defenseless little baby who could not say STOP IT, who could not SHOUT OUT for help but only wanted love and care will never have any of it again because that little boy is DEAD today. To hell with people who abuse children, to hell with you.”

The case has been remanded until January 22 for a formal bail application. They will stay in custody and the state will be opposing bail.

Picture: Facebook/Angus Mckenzie

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