Dad in court for killing toddler

Kimberley - A man accused of killing his one-year-old son appeared in the Galeshewe Magistrate's Court in Kimberley on Friday, the National Prosecuting Authority said.

The matter was postponed to February 24 for further investigation, said Northern Cape NPA spokeswoman Mashudu Malabi.

The forensic pathology team removes the burnt body of a one-year-old baby boy, which was found in a ditch nearly 200 meters fromhis father's home in Galeshewe. Picture: Soraya Crowie. Credit: Diamond Fields Advertiser

Sylvester Modise, 27, was arrested on January 12 after the burnt remains of his son were found in a trench in Galeshewe.

Police suspected that Modise reported him missing the day after the murder in an attempt to mislead them.

The toddler's mother raised suspicions after she told police she did not believe Modise's story about the boy going missing, Lieutenant Olebogeng Tawana said at the time.

He said the burnt body was found wrapped in a towel.