Baby killer to hear his sentence



August 10, 2016
Baby killer to hear his sentence

KILLER DAD: Eugene Plaatjies

Man, 25, who murdered his daughter set to appear in court.

Murderer Eugene Plaatjies, 25, from Montagu, will be sentenced for his gruesome crimes against his daughter next week.

Plaatjies has been convicted of murder, child abuse and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm of his three-month-old daughter Anthonique.

The baby died at Red Cross Children’s hospital, a day after she was admitted on June 13, 2014.

The baby’s mother Louise Alkaster 30, pleaded guilty to child neglect and was sentenced to a five-year suspended sentence at the start of the trial.

Plaatjies, appeared to bask in the media spotlight before his April conviction, was visibly irritated by journalists attempting to photograph him when he appeared in court on Monday.

During the trial, the forensic pathologist who performed the autopsy testified that baby Anthonique had sustained multiple bruises, multiple fractures, severe closed head injuries, multiple skull fractures, a laceration of the liver, fractures of the ribs and a contusion of the lung.

The baby had both fresh and old fractures and had been “chronically abused”.

The pathologist said the extensive fractures of the skull would have been caused by banging the baby’s head against the wall or kicking her in the head.

Western Cape High Court acting judge Nolita Kose dismissed Plaatjies’ version that the baby had fallen off the bed and hit a bench.

Plaatjies will be sentenced in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday, August 16.

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