'Baby Michael' prosecutor withdrawn from case

2015-05-08 09:00

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Johannesburg - Advocate Carina Coetzee is reportedly stunned that she has been withdrawn from the decade-long assault case of Baby Michael, Netwerk24 reported on Friday.

The parents of young Michael Connor, Bradley Connor and Melinda Marshall, were found guilty of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm by the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court in November 2011.

Baby Michael, who was 3-months-old at the time of the assaults in 2003, died a blind quadriplegic at Avril Elizabeth Home on October 16, 2011.

The parents were sentenced to 10 years in jail in July 2012 for the assaults, following an eight-year-long case.

Carina Coetzee had been the prosecutor on the case since it was first brought to the roll.

In a case that she had once described as her "baby", Coetzee even risked the loss of her home at one point after the father, Bradley Connor, brought an application in court to have the prosecution discontinued.

Coetzee challenged Connor in her personal capacity and would had to have paid Connor's legal costs of up to R180 000 if she had lost.

But Coetzee has now been told to hand over the case to the new chief of prosecution in Johannesburg, Advocate Phumeza Futshane.

Phindi Louw, spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority, said that the NPA will not comment on internal decisions, the newspaper reported.

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