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Crazed dad avoids jail after throwing baby from a roof

It happened during a housing protest

A dad has avoided jail after chucking his baby daughter from a rooftop.

The incident, which reportedly took place in April last year, saw the man throw the one-year-old from the roof of his home during a protest about housing.

The tot was luckily saved by a copper who caught her as she tumbled from the property, located within an illegal shack settlement in the Joe Slovo township, part of Kwadwesi in South Africa.

Protesters reportedly called for him to "throw" the girl (Credit: @SAPoliceService Facebook)

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Originally charged with attempted murder, the man dodged prison yesterday (June 13), according to a report in the Mirror.

He is believed to have pleaded guilty to child abuse, a lesser charge, and magistrates in the city of Port Elizabeth slapped him with a one-year sentence suspended for five.

By 13:00, the operation was finalised after a total of about 90 structures were demolished.

It is also reported that he received a £265 fine.

During the protest, demolition teams were on site to raze the illegal homes. The man was pictured in a series of dramatic images holding the baby by her leg over a mass of police officers.

He threw her as an officer tried to intervene (Credit: @SAPoliceService Facebook)

As one of the coppers tried to take him down, he launched his baby from the roof - but amazingly she landed in the arms of a policeman.

She was reportedly returned to her mum under the watchful eye of social services.

After throwing the tot, the dad was caught by a policeman, pulled to the floor and arrested.

According to The Sun, protesters at incident were chanting for him to "throw" the baby as she dangled from his arms.

She landed in the arms of a cop (Credit: @SAPoliceService Facebook)

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Cops from the PE Metro Police and South African Police Service (SAPS) were present to keep the demolition crews safe.

According to reports, demonstrators clashed with the officers as the demolition team tried to destroy the properties at the shack settlement.

Writing on Facebook at the time, the SAPS said: "By 13:00, the operation was finalised after a total of about 90 structures were demolished.

"During the day, various incidences happened up to 15:00 where a group of about 150 residents attempted to block the R75 (Uitenhage Road) by burning tyres and rubble. SAPS and Metro Police deployed along this route ensured that the road was opened again and safe for traffic flow."

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