Mother who tried to sell baby set to plead guilty

2015-11-06 10:46

The woman who allegedly sold her child after advertising him on the Internet hides from photographers under her jacket.

The woman who allegedly sold her child after advertising him on the Internet hides from photographers under her jacket. (Ingrid Oellermann, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - The case of a Pietermaritzburg woman charged with selling her child after placing an advertisement on the internet has been transferred to the regional court for trial later this month.

The court was again told on Thursday that the woman is considering pleading guilty to a charge of human trafficking. The Witness will not publish her name to protect her child’s identity.

The woman kept a jacket firmly over her head in an attempt to hide from public scrutiny and a barrage of reporters and cameramen who once again attended her court appearance, until the presiding magistrate arrived and took her seat in court.

She thereafter removed the jacket, but kept a wary eye on the crowded courtroom.

The woman made an initial appearance in the magistrate’s court before Magistrate M Boikhutso, who transferred the case to the regional court.

She later appeared briefly before regional court Magistrate Rose Mogwera, who adjourned the case until November 23 for a possible plea.

The case has drawn widespread attention. The state alleges that the 20-year-old mother, from Azalea township near Imbali, “sold” her toddler for R5 000 to police who had set a trap after she placed an advertisement on online classifieds site Gumtree.

She was arrested by members of the Hawks, led by Captain Jageesh Devnarain, who set up a sting operation at a local fast food outlet after being tipped off about the advertisement.

According to reports, the toddler was present when his mother met with a policewoman and allegedly negotiated the sale of her child.

The mother was allegedly motivated by the fact that the child’s father was not providing any financial support and had questioned his paternity.

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