Child murder case postponed

2015-02-07 11:16


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Johannesburg - The case against a mother and daughter accused of murdering toddler Jamie Naidoo has been postponed in the Chatsworth Magistrate's Court, the Saturday Star reported.

Magistrate Busisiwe Lilly Mpungose on Friday postponed it to 19 March for further investigation.

The two were charged for allegedly beating the toddler to death at their home in Chatsworth's Havenside area in November.

In January, Mpungose ordered Salatchee Venilla Basanich, 55, and her daughter Patricia Kershie Ishwarlal, 31, to undergo mental evaluation at the Fort Napier mental health facility.

The court was told that Ishwaral, the baby's mother, had sustained head injuries during a car accident in 2001, leading to the drastic impairment of her basic functions.

A curator's report presented to the Road Accident Fund in 2004 stated that Ishwarlal displayed childlike tendencies, saying that her speech was akin to that of a young child.

They are due back in court on 19 March.

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