Mom in court again for beating daughter

2016-08-31 06:00

A 48-YEAR-OLD Imbali woman appeared in the magistrate’s court on Friday charged with beating her 10-year-old daughter with an iron rod causing her severe injuries.

The woman, who cannot be named in order to protect the child, who is currently at a place of safety, is applying for bail before Magistrate M. Boikhutso.

The court heard it is the second time the woman has been charged with assaulting the same child, and that she has already served time in prison for the first assault.

The woman’s legal aid attorney told the magistrate on Friday that she was asked by the woman to place on record that the child “is the product of rape”.

State prosecutor Patti David, who is opposing the woman’s release on bail, said it was aggravating that the woman was previously charged and convicted for committing a grievous assault on the same child for which she was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment, partly suspended.

David said according to her information the woman had served three years of her jail sentence.

However, in her affidavit in support of her bail application the woman said she had served three months in prison.

The court ordered that a social worker’s report be obtained before the bail hearing resumes next to clarify when the woman was sentenced and how much of the sentence she served.

Detailing the case against the woman, the prosecutor said it is alleged that on the day prior to the incident on 30 March, the woman’s daughter asked for permission to watch television with the neighbours, whose home adjoins theirs.

“She fell asleep at those premises and only came home the next morning. She was then assaulted [by her mother] with an iron rod.”

David said the child received “grievous bodily injuries”.

The mother of the child had fled after beating her daughter and could not be found.

It was only after a photograph was placed in Echo newspaper that police received a tip-off and were able to find the mother.

“She is therefore considered to be a flight risk,” said David.

She added that she does not know how it came about that the little girl had been placed back in her mother’s care after the woman served a prison term for assaulting her previously.

David said despite this the prosecution fears for the safety of the young girl if the mother is granted bail as she clearly has “anger issues” towards the child. According to the woman’s affidavit she has five other children, aged between 17 and 29, and one grandchild.

The case was adjourned until Friday for further evidence in connection with her bail application.

Court heard it is the second time the woman has been charged with assaulting the child, and that she has already served time in prison for the first assault

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