A Mpumalanga man who allegedly banged his 16-month-old baby's head against at least 14 windowpanes, killing her in the process, briefly appeared in the Acornhoek magistrates' court yesterday.
Justice Makgabe, 30, who claimed he had been "possessed by Satan" was not asked to plead to charges of murder with aggravating circumstances and malicious damage to property.
Instead, he was remanded in custody pending his next court appearance on Monday where he is expected to apply for bail.
"Nearly all cases are being postponed because of the ongoing public servants' wage strike, but at the same time the court postponed the matter to give investigators a chance to properly probe the matter," said Acornhoek police spokesman Constable Zanele Sibuyi yesterday.
Makgabe allegedly went to his girlfriend's home on Monday evening at about 8.30pm and had an argument with her after she refused to open the door for him.
He apparently suspected that she was sleeping with another man and threatened to break the door.
The argument became even more heated after she prevented him from entering the bedroom.
When the woman's mother came out to intervene, the man threatened both women, forcing them to flee, leaving the baby in the bedroom.
"This was when the suspect picked up the child and banged her head many times against the windows of the house before proceeding to bang her again against the windows of two neighbours' houses," said Sibuyi.