A 44-year-old Cape Flats father was sentenced to an effective 20 years in the Western Cape High Court yesterday for murdering his baby son.
Igshaan Price entered into a plea and sentence agreement with the state for the May 1, 2012, murder of his three-week-old baby boy, Laeeq Schroeder, in Hanover Park.
He also admitted to hitting and kicking his wife, Felicia Schroeder, for which he faced a charge of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.
He admitted he and his wife regularly fought and took drugs together.
The day before the murder, Price’s wife left the baby in his care and said she was going to visit her mother.
He went to look for her four hours later, but she wasn’t at her mother’s house.
He later beat her up.
The following morning, Felicia again left the baby with him and said she was going out. She returned after two hours, and refused to tell him where she’d been.
Price kicked and beat her, while she held their baby son in her arms.
He then grabbed the infant out of her arms and threw him on the hard tile floor of their home.
Price admits to stomping on the baby with booted feet, and remembers doing this at least three times.
He then left home to go to his job as a panelbeater.
By the time he returned, his son was dead.
Price was sentenced to three years for assault and 25 years for murder with five years suspended.
No family members were at court to support Price.