- Robert McBride was accused of assaulting one of his daughters in August
- The court has now granted him bail to see his youngest daughter over the festive season
- McBride said he scolded his daughter but never assaulted her
Changes made to his bail conditions on Tuesday led to McBride being granted time with his daughter, a possible State witness in the child abuse case against him.
He had been accused of child abuse, along with charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.
McBride was charged after he reportedly assaulted one of his daughters in back in August.
Jaco Hamman, McBride's lawyer, approached Pretoria Magistrate's Court with an application to change the terms of his bail on Tuesday.
According to Magistrate Ignatius du Preez the application focussed on McBride being granted permission to contact, and see, his youngest daughter.
Although the State did not resist revision, they requested that McBride not discuss the matter with his daughter prior to court.
Briefly.co.za gathered that McBride countered the State’s limitation, stating that in the past three months no witness statement was made by the youngest daughter.
Du Preez ruled in favour of McBride's application, modifying the bail conditions to exclude McBride’s one daughter from the witness list.
According to Du Preez it was in the interests of justice and fairness, that the amendment had been granted, continuing by saying that it would not have been harmful to the case.
Du Preez said that there had not been any reason a statement had not yet been received, or fir the delay in obtaining the reason.
However, he said that If the prosecution was serious about this witness, they would have obtained a statement by now.
With an attempt to keep his family private, McBride refused to comment on the revision of his bail terms.
News24 reported that previously his bail was set to R10 000, with the prerequisite that he was not allowed to contact any of the witnesses, including the assault victim, and the younger daughter who he will spend his festive season with.
McBride admitted in August to scolding his child; his exact words being ‘admonished’ one of his daughters, but never assaulted her.
McBride’s court case will resume in December 18.
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