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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.

Comments
  • POLLENYS - 2011-03-28 22:09

    =SIGH= If I comment on this, I will be labelled racist.

      Thangy - 2011-03-29 10:27

      RACIST!!

      Thangy - 2011-03-29 10:27

      just jokes!!

      Chill - 2011-03-29 16:06

      @Pollenys... So your comment would not be for the brutality of the deed and the suffering that poor child must've endured... its about racism!!! Shocking... This is not a race based crime... this and evil deed that should be labeled as such, pure evil...

  • Ron - 2011-03-28 22:58

    What kind of SAVAGE thinks like that, You will only find similar things happen with animals, even then they do it for a reason. The savages have no respect for life, animals will kill to survive and eat but not for your cell phone or because you bring bad luck....

      Snoopy88 - 2011-03-29 14:01

      I find this use of the word 'savage' thrown around by white South Africans very offensive.. because everyone knows who you are actually referring too! Mental illness happens to people of all races and social classes.

  • maseratifitt - 2011-03-29 07:09

    When there is no hope... This is not an isolated case. Many young mothers have killed and dumped their children. But there is hope: I have just renovated my house at R12m, got myself a new Merc when my new BM overheated, went to NY for a multi million jol, built a new multi milion Rand guest house, entertained a Haitian family for a couple of million...

      karin.g - 2011-03-29 08:34

      When can I come over to be entertained? It sounds like I could really need it...

      maseratifitt - 2011-03-29 09:24

      karin.g : in case noone noticed. "I" am ANC.

      Melly30 - 2011-03-29 12:19

      Maseratifitt - and that will be your BIGGEST DOWNFALL... Sheep follower!!

      maseratifitt - 2011-03-29 12:51

      Melly,Melly.

  • Andries - 2011-03-29 08:06

    This woman has three kids from different fathers, and yet she blames someone else except herself for her problems!!!

      karin.g - 2011-03-29 08:31

      Yes I agree, She should have kept her legs shut! Like I always say: Anyone can have kids, not everyone can be a parent! There is a huge difference! I just wish these young girls will open their eyes. We have been talking and talking about this thing for years, but it's not working. Maybe we should give them electronic babies to look after and see how it goes. It might scare the youngster off of ever have children. And no - you have to look after your own kid - not your family!

  • Brighty-Brighty - 2011-03-29 10:10

    God help you soul!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • LadyJJ - 2011-03-29 10:55

    why did she not give the child to the welfare ..why kill him she needn to be hanged

  • Melly30 - 2011-03-29 12:17

    Poor little man!! May you find peace, love and happiness where you are now!! Least you will be safe!

  • Melly30 - 2011-03-29 12:23

    Their are a lot of women out there that have POSTNATAL DEPRESSION... Some just cant cope, but it is no excuse to kill your kid/s... It is a serious illness and doctors are starting to diagnose it more... This comes during pregnancy or after... I had it!! Got treatment and I am hundreds!!!! But not once did I think about killing my kids... They are my life!

  • Snoopy88 - 2011-03-29 14:04

    It honestly sounds like this woman had a psychotic episode. Something about his case has been off since it was first reported..

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