Moments before an alleged baby killer was denied bail, it emerged in court that he dragged the child “like a doll” to a car, and blew smoke into her face as he was smoking Mandrax.
Peter van Tonder, 36, is accused of beating and burning to death his ex-girlfriend’s daughter, one.
Yesterday, Van Tonder took the witness stand in a bid for bail at the Bellville Magistrates’ Court.
Prosecutors are set to prove that he attacked Asheeqah Scott on September 3 at his home in Kalossie Street, Roosendal, Delft, while babysitting her.
He broke up with the child’s mom Shakiera Scott, 24, in June.
Asheeqah was rushed to Red Cross Children’s Hospital and declared brain dead a day later.
Yesterday, Van Tonder claimed he had been choked by other prisoners during his incarceration at Goodwood Prison.
He said he worked for a Bellville company that makes trailers and earned R1 500 a week, which he gave to his parents because of his drug addiction.
Van Tonder admitted he jolled while with Shakiera’s and that the other woman is currently pregnant with his baby, drawing jeers from mense.
The public gallery was stunned when investigating officer, Captain Michael Thebus, delivered a graphic account of Asheeqah’s final moments.
He explained: “A witness said he was with the accused and that inside his Wendy house, the 15-month-old sat on the bed and the accused smacked her and he let her fall.
“That was the moment when the baby was unconscious.
“He then beat the child repeatedly against the head and the witness said he and the accused left for the smokkelhuis and he dragged the child like a doll to the car.
“The child died of blood on the brain and there were 21 wounds.
“The accused also smoked Mandrax and blew it in the child’s face before he and the witness left for the smokkelhuis.”
Shakiera was overcome with emotion hearing this account, and sobbed loudly.
Thebus revealed Van Tonder had allegedly threatened a witness from jail via his father, only known as Bossie.
“He sent a threat to the witness saying he will make him in his mother’s p*** and the witness said the accused’s father brought him the message and [Bossie] even said he would help,’’ Thebus said, adding that no charges have been laid yet.
Bail was denied and the case was postponed to December 6.