The man, Mortimer Saunders, was convicted of brutal rape and premeditated murder of 3-year-old Courtney Peters in Cape Town.
Judge Pearl Mantame made a detour around midday on Wednesday after having made a long decision in Cape Town High Court.
Saunders confessed to the murder of Courtney, who lived in Elsie River with ant venom and claimed that he had committed necrophilia then.
She was killed in May 2017, and her body was discovered only a few days after the mass search.
Mantame rejected the version of the assured murder that he did not rape the child, but only put his fingers into it after she died.
“The accused is not honest,” said Mantam. “The fact that he said that he put in his fingers … because he did not want to be convicted of rape”
The late Saunders did not express emotion because he was convicted. In a statement pleading in May, Saunders said:
“I illegally and deliberately committed sexual intercourse with a corpse.”
Courtney was killed at her home on the Elsie River last May. At that time, Saunders was a resident there, and he, too, was acquainted with Courtney’s father, Aaron Fourier. the little girl was in the care of her six-year-old brother
The matter has been postponed to December 4 for sentencing procedures.