BABY (1) TORTURED TO DEATH, COURT TOLD
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.