Murderous mother's trial delayed

2011-03-28 21:31
Johannesburg - The trial of a Tembisa mother of three, who stabbed her 5-year-old son to death then mutilated his body because she regarded him as the source of her problems, will continue in the North Gauteng High Court later this week.

Batseba Irene Lekgeu, 26, was convicted in March last year of murdering her son, Andile, in November 2008.

Her trial was postponed to obtain reports from a psychologist and a social worker.

On Monday, Judge Vivian Tlhapi postponed Lekgeu's trial to Wednesday because the reports were still not ready and the psychologist would be available to testify only later in the week.

Lekgeu was previously referred for psychiatric observation. A panel of psychiatrists found her fit to stand trial, but suffering from depression.

In a statement, Lekgeu said the fathers of her first and third children had contributed to their support, but that the father of her middle child, Andile, was a known criminal.

He was untraceable and never made contact with her.

The support she enjoyed from her family after her first child's birth disappeared with the birth of her second child when she was shunned and evicted from her home.

In desperation, she took Andile to his father's family so they could raise him as she could not afford to, but they refused to take him in or to accept him as a member of their clan.

She became depressed, was struggling to survive financially and decided to kill Andile because his existence was the only reason the father of her third child had not yet married her.

She also feared he would become a criminal like his father.

She took her son to an abandoned house where she stabbed him to death then cut off his ear and penis to make it appear as if it was a muti murder.

She realised she could not live with her lie and confessed to the authorities the same day.

Lekgeu said she deeply regretted what she had done and realised she had to take responsibility for her actions.
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