Rorisang Kgosana
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19 Feb 2015
5:40 pm

Father of murdered baby “not violent”

Rorisang Kgosana

Neighbours of a man accused of killing his two-day-old baby in Pretoria said he was not known as being a violent individual.

“We are all still shocked at what he did. We did not know him as a violent man. He was a nice person,” a neighbour told Rekord Centurion.

Alexander Sorda, a foreign national, appeared in the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday and will be back in court on February 24 to apply for bail.

Sorda was arrested for the murder of his daughter after he allegedly swung the infant at her mother and then at the floor at a Pretoria West filling station on Church Street on Sunday.

The girl later died in hospital.

The neighbour said when Sorda and his partner argued, it sometimes led to things being thrown around.

“I do not want to lie; I do not know what happened, but all I heard was a woman screaming. It is truly heartbreaking what happened,” the neighbour said.

The little girl died in hospital.

According to media reports, the baby girl had not yet been named, owing to tradition. She would have been named a week or month after birth, but she was unofficially named Precious for the time being.

Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.

– Caxton News Service