Father who flung baby off roof convicted of child abuse

A Nelson Mandela Bay metro police officer grabs a man as he throws his child off the roof of a shack at the Joe Slovo informal settlement in Port Elizabeth on April 12 2018.
Image: Werner Hills

The 38-year-old Port Elizabeth father who flung his one-year-old baby off a shack roof during a protest has been convicted of child abuse.

The man, who is not being named to protect the child’s identity, was arrested in April 2018.

His arrest made headlines across the country after video footage and pictures emerged of him standing on the shack roof, surrounded by police, before throwing the child.

In the New Brighton Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, the father pleaded guilty to child abuse after the state dropped charges of attempted murder. He received a suspended sentence.

Police spokesperson Capt Andre Beetge said the man was fined R5,000 or one year in jail, suspended for five years.

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