Mother convicted for tossing baby in pit toilet

2015-04-15 19:56
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Mbombela - A Mpumalanga woman accused of throwing her baby boy inside a pit toilet on Christmas Eve last year was found guilty of attempted murder.

Shirley Smangele Mhlongo, 20, from Matsulu B near Malalane, was convicted when she appeared in the Nelspruit Regional Court on Wednesday.

She pleaded guilty to the charge she faced.

In a statement read before court by her Legal Aid lawyer, Mhlongo stated she went to a clinic in Kaapmuiden where she gave birth to the baby boy.

She said when she returned to her home in Matsulu B that day, she took the baby and threw him inside a pit toilet. The baby was found by members of her family who reported her to Matsulu police.

"I plead guilty to the charge of attempted murder freely and voluntarily. I admit that my action is unlawful and punishable by law," she said.

State prosecutor Magda Marais said the accused should be convicted as charged.

“The State would request for a pre-sentencing report by social workers on the accused's life for the purpose of sentencing,” said Marais.

Magistrate Vanessa Joubert said the court was satisfied that accused pleaded guilty and did not waste the court's time.

“You are, therefore, convicted as charged,” she said.

Joubert said social workers will visit the accused's family, close friends and relatives for compilation of the pre-sentencing report.

Her R1 000 bail was extended and the case was postponed until May 14 for the report and sentencing.

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