Man confesses to killing ex-lover’s toddler

The man accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend’s 17-month-old daughter has admitted to killing the toddler. 

Pieter van Tonder told the Western Cape High Court exactly how he assaulted little Asheeqah Scott, which lead to her death. 

Van Tonder and Asheeqah’s mother, Shakira Scott, were in a relationship at the time of the toddler’s death. 

According to van Tonder, Scott asked him to look after her daughter while she went to do her laundry at home. 

Van Tonder said that he was annoyed when Scott failed to fetch the child. He admitted that he was under the influence of Mandrax and dagga when he hit the child with a flat hand, causing her to fall flat on the bed. Van Tonder said he continued to assault the little girl until he noticed that she wasn’t moving.