This was during the closing arguments by the State and defence on Monday. Courtney was choked to death after being poisoned with ant poison given to her by Saunders on the day she went missing.
In his plea explanation, Saunders said it was not his intention to kill the toddler, adding that he just wanted to make her ill.
Judge Mantame questioned why Saunders did not seek medical help for Courtney when she reacted to the poison by vomiting, coughing and showing signs of cyanosis when she turned blue at her lips.
State advocate Esmeralda Cecil said after Saunders gave Courtney the poison, “it was as if he was waiting for her to die” in his room, while other tenants at the Pluto Street home were searching for her on the day she went missing.