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Supervision 'too lenient' for abuse dad

2012-07-02 14:31

Johannesburg - A correctional supervision sentence would be too lenient for a man convicted of assaulting his son, the Johannesburg Regional Court heard on Monday.

Correctional services officer Themba Mjonondwane said considering the nature of Bradley Connor's crime, such a sentence would be too lenient.

"I find it difficult to put my head on the block and say he qualifies (for a community-based sentence)," he told the court.

On November 21 2011 Connor and his ex-girlfriend Malinda Marshall were found guilty of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

They abused their son Michael, leaving him brain damaged, blind, and immobile. He had to be fed with a tube and was later diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

The abuse started when he was 3-months old. He died aged 6, on October 16 2011. The two were 18 years old when they had him.

Mjonondwane said the community would also not understand if Connor was given a correctional supervision sentence.

"In my opinion, they (people) think justice is sending people to prison," he said.

Connor's lawyer said his client was now married, and had matured. He said Connor was young at the time of the abuse inflicted on Michael.

Marshall's lawyer argued her client had remarried and had had two more children. She was also 3 months pregnant with a third.

Sentencing was adjourned to next Friday.

Comments
  • martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-02 14:40

    sell him to the muti trade

      jim.boorman.7 - 2012-07-02 16:03

      He must go to jail and get a slow puncture - there is no excuse for what he did...

  • sharon.truebodyvice - 2012-07-02 14:45

    Both should have their children taken from them and be rendered unable to have anymore and then beaten and left blind and paralyed

      andrew.arde - 2012-07-02 15:31

      Agree 100%!! I battle to get my head around how anybody can do this to a poor defenseless child!! There are no words to describe these cretins!

      charlie.elford.5 - 2012-07-02 15:40

      Just read that the mother of poor baby Michael is pregnant again. These people MUST be sterilized!

      emile.vanrayner.7 - 2012-07-02 19:06

      i wouldn't go THAT far. yes, what they did was terrible beyond, but returning the favor only means society turns into that which whe hate. bringing justice to criminals who rape and murder, by raping and murdering them...? anybody see the problem here?

  • djmain1 - 2012-07-02 14:46

    They should both be sent to prison to protect their children.

  • rickey.de.clercq - 2012-07-02 14:51

    They should go and rot in jail.. age has NOTHING to do with it... savages.

  • Gavin - 2012-07-02 14:52

    there is no excuse for this type of behavior. you need a licence to do just about anything in this bloody country, except that which is most sacred, the raising of a child. this dude should be handed over to the somali pirates with a sign stuck on his chest - I am a child abuser I want to be abused.

  • sarah.bouttell - 2012-07-02 14:52

    Nazi officers also aged and matured. It did not make their crimes ANY less horrific. A child endured 6 years of torture, and then death. I think the punishment should match the crime.

  • shannon.moffett.9 - 2012-07-02 14:56

    Why would a woman marry a man she know had killed his son. And why would a man marry a woman who had killed his son, and allow her to have his kids. And why why why are these excuses for humans allowed to have children. They should be on a register for child abusers and not allowed anywhere near kids!

  • dianne.neyt - 2012-07-02 15:00

    Throw them both is prison and lose the keys! They do not deserve to share our oxygen and they should both be sterilized!

  • rory.audie - 2012-07-02 15:02

    Yoh Yoh yoh!!! You have to be so sick in your head to be able to do something like this. And he has remarried and continues to live his life and has matured....That is so wrong! The only justice here is for some street justice to be meeted out to him (it).

  • dianne.neyt - 2012-07-02 15:05

    I can only hope and pray that the unfortunate children born to this crazy child killer are regularly checked on by social workers and that a similar occurance will be prevented. Who the HELL would want to marry either of these two psycho's? Gotta be desperate!!

  • stephen.j.dickson.3 - 2012-07-02 15:05

    All child and animal abusers should be publicly put to death, no matter what race,colour or creed...............bottom line.

      richard.schmode.9 - 2012-07-02 15:13

      i find it amazing someone managed to bring race into this

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-07-02 17:33

      I'm just happy that racists are a dying species. Their irrational hatred is slowly but surely consuming them :)

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-07-02 15:19

    they should have been put to death immediately. my 6 year old knows its wrong to injure somebody or something. oh gosh, she must be mature!!!

  • mina.moo.14 - 2012-07-02 15:20

    A child is a gift from the Holy Trinity. A healthy child even more so. Let's beat them to a pulp and feed them with a tube. An eye for an eye.

  • roy.mckenzie.7545 - 2012-07-02 15:20

    These pigs should have been sterilised. Save the tax payers money and let them face the firing squad. I'll even sponser the live rounds

  • moi.carla.1980 - 2012-07-02 15:23

    Neither one of them should ever be allowed anywhere near any children, never mind their own.

  • Hadebe - 2012-07-02 15:23

    Barbarians, primitive trash, back to their roots.

  • Hermann - 2012-07-02 15:42

    Lock them up, amen.

  • www.hephzibah.wapsite.me - 2012-07-02 15:44

    How old must you be these days to know when you're hurting or about to kill someone?But a 6 yr old ! They must be locked up for life ! Poor child,it's even too cruel to imagine the suffering he went through !

  • arlene.levitan - 2012-07-02 15:48

    Their baby never got a second chance, why on earth do they deserve one. They deserve no leniency or understanding. Surely Melinda's children would be better off if their mother was behind bars. I hope that poor child gets justice.

  • demetri.anagnostakis - 2012-07-02 16:02

    Correctional supervision ? You must be joking ! More like permanent incarceration !

  • Carpenter - 2012-07-02 16:26

    Send them to jail and broadcast their crimes to the inmates in the communal cells with them, lets see how long they survive

  • barry.burger.77 - 2012-07-02 16:33

    Kill the Prick!

  • emile.venter3 - 2012-07-02 16:43

    wish I could meet them alone, seriously just for a chat for a few hours

  • mgovende - 2012-07-02 17:00

    Both should be jailed for life. That is JUSTICE for Michael.

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-07-02 17:26

    Castration would have been the appropriate sanction over and above lengthy prison sentences with hard labour

  • karmelsandy.venter - 2012-07-02 17:44

    age is no excuse for that behaviour, malinda marshall and bradley connor should be put to death. i hope they burn in hell

  • gail.hayesbean - 2012-07-02 18:27

    I'm very sorry to say this but he killed his son and the fact that he has supposedly "matured" and is now married and will have other children means he got away with killing his first child. Justice will only be seen to have been done when he is behind bars serving a sentence for murder. The mother of that child should also serve time instead of which she is now married and contributing to the gene pool as if nothing had happened. She should have defended her child with her life and is an accessory. Both of them should be sterilised forthwith so that they are unable to have any more helpless children.

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-07-02 18:59

    Death sentence...amen.

  • DayanGovender - 2012-07-03 10:50

    Right so they are mature now - so sorry for their deeds when they were young - what do you think baby Michael would say to that - its fine let’s move on - they need to pay for their crime - their age at the time is no excuse for the abuse they inflected on that little body which resulted in his death - justice needs to served!

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