An Eastern Cape man has been sentenced to 20 years behind bars for killing his five-year-old step-daughter.
Siphelo Melfin was sentenced in the Mdantsane Regional Court on Thursday, with a further three-year prison sentence added for defeating the ends of justice.
Melfin beat Kungawo Mabusela to death last year because she'd soiled herself.
He buried her in his mother's front garden.
Kungawo's mother Nosikhumbuzo Mabusela was also sentenced for defeating the ends of justice for trying to hide the crime.
Port Elizabeth National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Tsepo Ndwalaza says: “Siphelo Melfin was sentenced in the Mdanstane Magistrates Court to an effective 20 years for the murder of the 5-year-old step-daughter. And in the same court Nosikhumbuzo Mabusela the mother of the child was given three years for defeating the ends of justice.”