BABY (1) TOR­TURED TO DEATH, COURT TOLD

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CAPE TOWN — Ashee­qah Scott’s lit­tle body was tossed, burnt and beaten un­til she died — all be­cause her at­tacker was frus­trated that her mother was tak­ing too long to col­lect her baby.

Pi­eter van Ton­der pleaded guilty in the West­ern Cape High Court yes­ter­day for the one­year­old’s mur­der. He was charged un­der

do­lus di­rec­tis as Judge Mush­tak Parker said there was no way that the ac­cused was not aware that his ac­tions would lead to cer­tain death.

Ashee­qah died while in Van Ton­der’s care at his Delft home.

Her cause of death was as a re­sult of head in­juries.

She fur­ther sus­tained 26 ex­ter­nal wounds, in­clud­ing bruis­ing to her face and body and burns to her thighs and lips, pathol­o­gist Laura Ped­dle tes­ti­fied dur­ing sen­tenc­ing pro­ceed­ings.

Van Ton­der had been dat­ing Shakira, the baby’s mother, for about five months at the time.

In his plea ex­pla­na­tion, he de­scribed their re­la­tion­ship as volatile, say­ing he was a drug abuser and Shakira “con­sumed liquor” while Ashee­qah was present.

In his plea ex­pla­na­tion on Septem­ber 3, 2017, Van Ton­der said his girl­friend had asked him to look after Ashee­qah.

Sen­tenc­ing pro­ceed­ings were post­poned to Novem­ber 6.

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