A 49-year-old man from Free State has been sentenced to 44 years imprisonment for beating his seven-year-old daughter to death eight years ago.
Police spokesperson Sergeant Ikobeng Hlubi said Xolile Makhupula was sentenced on Friday 22 January by the Bloemfontein High Court.
“Makhupula failed to report his daughter’s death and buried her in his yard in Bergman Square in Mangaung.”
According to the police, Xolile Makhupula’s secret was brought to light when his other daughter who was 12 years old at the time, made the shocking revelation that she had witnessed the killing of her sister.
“The accused denied that the body which was found at his yard was that of his daughter until the DNA results come back positive that the body found was indeed that of his daughter.”
“In March 2014, the crime scene was visited and the remains were found”, Hlubi said.
Xolile Makhupula ran away when he discovered his secret had been leaked but was soon found and arrested a few days after his disappearance and has been in custody until his sentencing.
The court found Xolile Makhupula guilty of culpable homicide, assault GBH, defeating the ends of justice, failure to report the death of his child and child abuse for abusing his three children, including the deceased child.
A similar case saw a father who was charged with the murder of his newborn baby after allegedly using the infant as a weapon to attack his girlfriend.
32-year old Alexander Forba, snatched the infant from her mother and grabbed the three-day-old baby by the legs, using her to beat his partner as if she were a club.
Prosecutors told Pretoria Prison Court in South Africa that Forba then threw the infant to the floor of their apartment and continued to attack the mother of the baby until witnesses intervened.