Child abusers' sentencing delayed

2012-03-29 08:28
Johannesburg - Sentencing of the couple found guilty of abusing their son, leaving him to die blind and brain-damaged, has been postponed by the Johannesburg Regional Court, The Star reported on Thursday.

Magistrate Frans Booysens on Wednesday postponed the case to July 02, to allow Bradley Connor's lawyer to call another witness.

Connor and the mother of his son Michael, Malinda Marshall, were found guilty in November 2011 of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

"He [Michael] was blind, immobile, being fed with a tube, brain damaged and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy," probation officer Yolanda Matikinca told the court on Wednesday.

"The accused [Marshall] stated that her boyfriend could not handle the child crying and would hit the baby every time he cried," Matikinca said.

According to probation officer Siphumelele Mbatha, who testified in mitigation of sentencing, Connor claimed that in one incident Michael fell off the bed and hit his eye on a sound system. On another occasion Connor claimed he was throwing Michael into the air and accidentally dropped him, Mbatha told the court.

Michael, born a healthy baby, was abused from the age of three months. He died aged six.

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