Couple sentenced to 18 years for baby’s death

The couple accused of the rape and culpable homicide of their 10-month-old baby have been sentenced to 18 years in prison by the High Court sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrates’ Court, Johannesburg.

Judge Majeke Mabesele today gave Adriaan Netto and his girlfriend each four years for culpable homicide, three for child abuse and 15 for rape.

The sentences for the culpable homicide and rape would run concurrently.

According to a postmortem, the toddler had been significantly underweight and had numerous injuries.

She had fractured ribs, abrasions on her vagina and face, bruising on her abdomen, and a lacerated lung filled with blood. Her liver was injured and her anus had been penetrated repeatedly.

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