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Free State man jailed for life for strangling son to spite his mother

A 25-year-old Free State man has been jailed for life for strangling his own son to spite the mother. Stock photo.
A 25-year-old Free State man has been jailed for life for strangling his own son to spite the mother. Stock photo.
Image: 123RF/Allan Swart

A Free State father who murdered his own son to spite the boy’s mother was handed a life sentence by the high court, provincial police said on Wednesday. 

The sentence was handed down on Tuesday. 

Twenty-five-year-old Gift Stander killed his three-year-old son in October 2021.

Lt-Col Thabo Covane said Stander had arrived at the home of his ex-girlfriend to fetch the boy on a Friday.

“This is after the mother of his son made it clear to him that she was no longer interested in the relationship. Gift left with the child and went to his home in Bloemside Phase 4, near Bloemfontein,” said Covane.

“He failed to bring the child back that Sunday. The mother, aged 20, got worried and asked family members to accompany her to Gift's home to fetch the child.”

It was then that the child’s body was found.

Covane said the child was strangled. His body had been wrapped in plastic and hidden under a bed.

“The police at Bloemspruit were called, the case docket for murder was opened and the accused was arrested.”

Stander made a confession to the police.

TimesLIVE



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