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Phoenix child abuse trial expected to start in 2019

The Phoenix child abuse trial is expected to get underway next year.

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The little girl's mother and her former boyfriend appeared briefly in the Verulam Magistrate's Court, north of Durban this morning.

They are facing charges of attempted murder.


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The case grabbed headlines earlier this year when footage of the vicious attack was spread widely on social media.

The clip shows the little girl being beaten to the point of unconsciousness.

State prosecutor, Ishara Sewnarayan asked for the matter to be postponed until December for a pre-trial conference.


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Sewnarayan told the court during a previous appearance that the State had concluded its first interview with the child and would be interviewing her again.

The prosecution intends to call doctors to testify and will also produce video footage.

The mother and boyfriend were arrested earlier this year after the video surfaced online.

The woman's boyfriend, who allegedly filmed the incident, is accused of punching the child before throwing her against a cabinet moments before the attack shown in the clip.

Custody of the now 5-year-old girl was granted to her father last month.

As part of their bail conditions, the accused are not allowed to see her.

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