Baby killer sentenced to 10 years

2015-04-30 13:58

A YOUNG mother, who slit her newborn baby’s throat saying the father had left her and she was unemployed, was sentenced to 10 years in the Greytown Regional Magistrateand#039;s Court on Tuesday 7 April.

Evidence led was that Thembelihle Benya had given birth to a healthy baby boy on 15 August 2014, but shortly thereafter had slit the babyand#039;s throat with a razor blade.

Benya then told family and neighbours that the baby had been stillborn however, they investigated and found the body of the baby in a bucket in Benyaand#039;s blood-spattered room - the blade was lying next to the bucket.

In her defence Benya pleaded economic difficulty, having been abandoned by the baby’s father and being unemployed. The court was informed that the accused had a four-year-old child who was being raised by the paternal family.

Defence and Benyaand#039;s probation officer submitted that a rehabilitative sentence, in the form of correctional supervision, be imposed as this would take into account the accusedand#039;s personal circumstances.

Regional prosecutor Premie Naidoo argued­ for a custodial sentence taking into account the callous and horrific manner in which the baby had been killed. The magistrate agreed that the only appropriate sentence was one of direct imprisonment and Benya was sentenced to 10 years

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