File Picture: Phandulwazi Jikelo

A three-year-old toddler was raped and later murdered by her attacker on Saturday in the Ngoqokazi area near Amaoti, Inanda, north of Durban.

The child’s stepfather appeared in the Ntuzuma Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

He was charged with rape, murder and common assault.

Provincial police spokesman Captain Thulani Zwane, said the man allegedly raped the girl in front of other children – they reported the matter to the girl’s mother.

“The mother and her husband argued over the rape of the child and the husband allegedly assaulted the mother,” he said.

Zwane said it was alleged that the man then turned to the rape victim and held her by her legs before slamming her body on the ground.

“The suspect assaulted the other children, accusing them of reporting him to the girl’s mother.”

The man was arrested. - Daily News