A rapist caused a serious shock in court after admitting to raping and killing a child.

The  accused from Manenberg confessed he raped and murdered  his neighbour’s 2-year-old daughter who he was supposed to be looking after pleaded guilty in the Western Cape High Court on Monday.

Standing in the dock, wiping imaginary fluff off his jacket, Willie Simons held his head low as he listened to his lawyer Michael Sebuenge explain what he had done to the child.

Through his lawyer, he said he knew that what he was doing was wrong, and that he would be punished.

He also admitted to knowing that she could die while he was raping and strangling her.

“I therefore admit my actions caused the death of the child. I humbly ask for forgiveness of the family of the deceased.”

Acting Judge Murray Bridgman asked him: “How do you plead?”

Simons said simply: “Guilty.”

Without hesitation, Bridgman declared him guilty.