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The state called in investigating officer Captain Bonginkosi Zulu; who is the commander in the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit; to give a detailed description of events that led up to the murder of the child.

Zulu told the court that when police arrived at the scene they found blood stains in the house and the victim’s bloodied clothes were hidden in a KFC box.

He told the court that the accused knew the victim as he had sent her to the shop to buy him a cigarette.

Zulu told the court that; after the incident; there was brewing tension in the Hammonds Farm community.

The lawyer of the accused disputed the facts brought by Zulu, saying there was no solid evidence to link Moodley to both counts.

The defence said the testimony of the state witnesses, who are the children who allegedly saw the suspect and the victim on the day of the incident, cannot be trusted.

The victim was found with a stab wound to her chest and she died later in hospital.

The matter was adjourned until September 3.

The suspect will be kept in custody until his next court appearance.