A 47-year-old man who allegedly killed his two year old child and then hid her body inside the ceiling of his home appeared in the Klerksdorp Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson, Henry Mamothame, said that the dad, Mokete Legodi, had appeared in court to face charges of murder and kidnapping.

Legodi’s court appearance comes after the lifeless body of the toddler was discovered inside the ceiling of his residential home in Alabama, near Klerksdorp. He was charged for the kidnapping and murder of his two-year-old daughter.

Mamothame said that the state had alleged that Legodi had gone to his girlfriend’s home at extension 20 in Jouberton on 13 May 2021 from where he took their daughter without her mother’s consent. The child’s mother was in hospital at the time.

“The family members who at the time were taking care of the child, assumed he would bring back the child as he usually did. Upon inquiry, he denied taking the child,” Mamothame said.

“On 14 May 2021 when the mother got discharged from hospital, she went on a search for the baby with the help of family members but they could not find her. The following day, she went to Jouberton Police Station where a case of a missing person was opened,” Mamothame said.

Neighbours discover child’s lifeless body

Further police investigations led to Legodi’s arrest on Sunday, 16 May 2021. He was charged with kidnapping after failing to tell the police where the child was. 

“It is alleged that on Monday 17 May 2021 following a bad smell coming from Legodi’s house, the neighbours investigated and discovered the lifeless body of the child hidden inside the ceiling,” he said.

The police were called and Legodi was charged with murder.

Legodi was denied bail and will remain in police custody until the completion of the trial. The matter was postponed to 17 January 2022 for transferral to the High Court.

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