Man arrested for allegedly beating girlfriend's daughter to death

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POTCHEFSTROOM - The police in Bloemhof arrested a 29-year-old suspect for the alleged murder of his girlfriend’s five-year-old child, North West police spokesman Sergeant Kelebogile Moleko said on Friday.

Having received a complaint of unnatural death on Wednesday, police went to the scene at Boitumelong Location, Bloemhof, where the victim’s mother told them that her boyfriend had assaulted her daughter with a belt.

Moleko said it is alleged that the suspect tied the minor up with electrical cable and assaulted her several times with a belt.  

The girl was allegedly also thrown ton the floor.

Emergency Medical Rescue Services personnel later certified that the minor was dead.  

The suspect is expected to appear in Bloemhof Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 4 January 2016, Moleko said.