NATIONAL NEWS - A man accused of killing a two-day-old baby by using her as a weapon to beat his girlfriend abandoned his bail application at the Pretoria Magistrate's Court, the Star reported on Thursday.
Alexander Forba, 32, was expected to appear for his bail application on Wednesday, but instead decided to withdraw his application. He faces a charge of murder and assault.
The case was moved from the Kgosi Mampuru II prison court to the Pretoria Magistrate's Court last month.
His lawyer Bronwinn Marshall reportedly objected to the application made by media houses to have her client's picture taken and published, but Magistrate Desmond Nair overruled it.
Forba allegedly came home in the early hours of Sunday in a drunken state and argued with the baby mother's over the paternity of the child.
The court heard that he allegedly assaulted the mother, then followed her to a nearby filling station where he pulled the baby from the mother and used her as a weapon.
The baby was rushed to Kalafong Hospital but later died from her injuries.
The case has been postponed to April 13 for investigation.