Mom planned son's mutilation - State

2011-03-31 23:24

Pretoria - The North Gauteng Court heard on Thursday that a Tembisa mother had to have planned to kill her 5-year-old son as she mutilated him to make it look like a muti murder.

Esther Mnguni, for the State, argued that Batseba Irene Lekgeu, 26, should be sent to a jail for no less than five years imprisonment for murdering her son, Andile, in November 2008.

Lekgeu admitted she had taken her son to an abandoned house in Nebo where she stabbed him repeatedly before cutting off his ear and private parts to make it look like a muti murder.

She confessed to the police the same day, saying she could not live with what she did.

She said she had blamed her son for all of her problems because her family had rejected her as his father was a known criminal.

She received no support and battled financially.

Psychologist Sunette van den Heever testified that Lekgeu suffered from severe depression, could not forgive herself for what she had done and wished she was dead.

Mnguni argued that the manner in which Lekgeu had murdered her son by stabbing him to death and mutilating him was an aggravating factor.

She said the court should impose such a sentence that the community did not perceive the court as being too lenient.

She conceded that there were substantial and compelling circumstances present to deviate from the minimum sentence in that Lekgeu suffered from depression and had two minor children.

Jan van Rooyen, for Lekgeu, said the State had not proved that the murder had been premeditated.

He said it was clear from the psychological evidence that Lekgeu's judgment had been impaired when she killed her son and the mutilation of the body afterwards did not prove advance planning.

He said it was clear that Lekgeu needed psychological help.

Judge Vivian Tlhapi will sentence Lekgeu on May 3.

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