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Killer mom 'won't do a runner'

2012-08-13 22:25

Pretoria - The mother convicted of killing her 2-month-old baby, has told the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria that she realises that trying to run away won't fix anything. 

Judge Cynthia Pretorius found Marissa Rudman, 36, and her boyfriend, 32-year-old Nolan Schoeman, guilty of killing baby Wade.

They will be sentenced in November.

Wade died of a massive blow to the head, four days after being admitted to the Steve Biko Hospital in April 2009. He had a bruised lung caused by a blow to the chest.

Most of his ribs and both his arms had been broken. He was covered in bruises and abrasions.

The court accepted the evidence of a 9-year-old boy who testified that he had seen Schoeman punching Wade in the head.

The judge rejected Rudman and Schoeman’s denial that they had anything to do with Wade’s injuries.

Rudman had discharged the baby from another state hospital two weeks earlier, against medical advice. He was being treated for pneumonia at the time.

Facts, not sympathy

Pretorius said she got the impression throughout the trial that Rudman was more upset by Schoeman’s treatment of her than by the baby's condition.

She cried every time she testified how Schoeman beat her, which was not the case when she told the court about her baby’s condition. The judge said she found it strange that Rudman had cried throughout proceedings, until she warned her the court would rely on facts, not sympathy, to come to a conclusion.

There were no more tears after that.

It was also telling that Rudman had refrained from telling the court that she and Schoeman had lived together for another two years after Wade's death, until his bail was revoked.

There was no evidence that Rudman had contributed to the baby’s injuries. She was, however, aware of the assaults and intentionally became an accessory by not reporting Schoeman to the authorities, removing the child from his reach, or stopping the attacks.

Although she testified that she was scared that Schoeman would commit suicide should she leave him, she did not care that he was slowly killing their baby.

The only conclusion the court could come to was that Rudman had aided and abetted Schoeman by protecting him.

New life

Rudman cried after being found guilty of murder, but later calmly told the court she had started with a new life, was living with her much younger partner in Sea Point, Cape Town, and had hopes of making money doing promotion work for music concerts.

She told the court she realised she was facing a possible life sentence, but knew running away would not fix anything.

Pretorius postponed the trial to October 18 for pre-sentencing reports. She intended passing sentence early in November.

Schoeman would remain in custody. Rudman was granted R1 500 bail.

Comments
  • bless.boswell - 2012-08-13 23:07

    A woman who participated in the beating to death of her baby is granted bail? The can be no extenuating circumstances - she should hang.

      john.barbarian.9 - 2012-08-13 23:11

      Exactly...she doesn't deserves anything less.

      lownabester - 2012-08-13 23:27

      Evil, and arrogant. Show no mercy, kill them both slowly.

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-08-14 07:15

      Bail!!!??? She should have been sent straight to HELL!!!!!

      Koos - 2012-08-14 07:32

      There is no justice in this world. Bloody cow...

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-08-14 08:40

      I suspect these 2 were high on drugs when they did those atrocious things to that poor child! Death penalty!!!!

      christopher.saint.3386 - 2012-08-14 10:37

      DIE BICTH!!!

  • rmooloo - 2012-08-13 23:37

    Both monsters should suffer the way that little angel suffered, sick, sick people, may both of you rot in hell for what you did to an innocent baby.

  • eric.f.moloi - 2012-08-13 23:39

    Thy should have used de french letter(condom) if thy didnt want a bambino

      Mark - 2012-08-14 07:34

      Thanks for that info God.

      bibi.vanzyl - 2012-08-14 08:12

      Well, you are right Eric despite the troll's reply and thumbs down. Why have a child in the first place. I sincerely hope that she will never ever have the privilege to hold a baby in her arms again.

  • sally.lewitt - 2012-08-13 23:56

    Rot in hell Marissa Rudman.. Hope you get sterilised and NEVER have a child again!

  • Khaya Mautla - 2012-08-14 02:05

    A motorist gets a fine of R 15 000 for speeding over 200 KM/H but a baby killer only gets R 1500 bail? WOW! Our judicial system is flawed. :(

      tuzka - 2012-08-14 06:48

      That’s why girls are being raped and people are being killed, R1500 is nothing to get back kill or rape again then just pay another R1500 and on and on …… Just give them the death penalty! Those type of people are just a waste of space!! How many more must be raped or killed before something is done about it??

      Johan De Beer - 2012-08-14 06:55

      Seriously flawed

      Desilusionada - 2012-08-14 10:30

      Erm Khaya, are you one of those people that we disadvantaged when the schoolbooks were not delivered? Bail means that a person can be outside jail UNTIL found guilty (or not sometimes) and the they will be "fined". Which in this instance it appears as if it will be more than just R15 000. So our judicial system is not flawed, your knowledge is.

  • danie.smit.587 - 2012-08-14 05:19

    eye for a eye, now the courts must come up for a dead 2 year old

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-08-14 06:38

    How can anybody talk about sterilisation? Do they really think that is a punishment at all. Death, not sterilisation. that is the answer.

      Gavin - 2012-08-14 07:16

      a death by inches is what these 2 germs deserve.

  • Gavin - 2012-08-14 07:13

    ok, so according to the courts and our beloved (not) ANC flunkies, when is a crime a crime ? when is it so bad that your rights as a human being are suspended and a just punishment handed down ?????? this woman deserves a bullet in the back of the f'ing head, not BAIL.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-08-14 07:17

    Hang the bitch and her bastard boyfriend!

  • Zahir - 2012-08-14 07:34

    The crying was a stage performance to get off hook why kill kid if u don't want it give it up

  • bibi.vanzyl - 2012-08-14 08:08

    Why have children in the first place?? I hope they rot in jail and get some of their own medicine back. People like this should automatically get sterilised. Rather put unwanted babies up for adoption. There are so many childless couples that could have given this child the love that ALL kids deserve.

  • Khalid Malek - 2012-08-14 08:11

    May the Monsters Burn in Hell forever! May The Almighty make their lives a living Hell, where even if they beg to die, death should also avert them:-( Selfish, Sick, Disgusting....Very ANGRY

  • Blackmista White Whitemista Black - 2012-08-14 09:00

    Evil personified, uncivilised barbarians, savages, spawns of the devil!! don't mess with children...in anyway!!

  • JohhnyBGood - 2012-08-14 09:10

    You know. It makes my heart bleed. Maybe they should die the same way as the poor child ? Broken and bruised . . .

  • edward.barnard.180 - 2012-08-14 09:50

    As terrible as this is, it is sad to see how many people would choose to respond with violence. This is why this happened. Think about it. Terrible things will continue to happen until people adjust their mind sets. We are all guilty of every crime that happens.

  • martin.botha.735 - 2012-08-14 10:15

    why sterilize ???? stitch her up and cut his off !!!!!

  • rachael.vs.1 - 2012-09-05 09:53

    2 month old baby? Was there no one in this small world to protect him? No one at all? In his short 2 months of life. To have been subject to such brutality. What a way to start off in this world. I wonder if he was ever fed and changed and bathed. A baby needs only milk, did he even enjoy his milk? They will rot.

  • mina.moo.14 - 2012-09-05 11:09

    What a sick world. There are parents out there crying "real tears" because they are not able to have a baby.

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