Baby Jordan’s family to continue opposing parole for killers

2016-06-29 21:52
Dina Rodrigues, who is serving a life sentence for the murder of baby Jordan-Leigh Norton in 2005, smiles as she graduates from a computer literacy and life skills programme at Pollsmoor Prison. (Michael Hammond, Die Burger)

Dina Rodrigues, who is serving a life sentence for the murder of baby Jordan-Leigh Norton in 2005, smiles as she graduates from a computer literacy and life skills programme at Pollsmoor Prison. (Michael Hammond, Die Burger)

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Cape Town - The family of murdered Jordan Leigh Norton say they will continue to object to the release on parole of any of the six-month-old baby's killers.

Two of the four killers, Bonginkosi Sigenu and Zanethemba Gwada, were denied parole during a hearing at the Drakenstein prison on Wednesday. 

Speaking to News24, the child's grandfather Vernon Norton said he was the only one who attended the hearing because Jordan's mother, Natasha, could still not bear it.

He said she was, however, doing better.

“She is doing really well and she chose not to attend the parole hearing today, because it would take her back again,” he said.

The two men, along with Sipho Mfazwe and Mongezi Bobotyane, were sentenced to life for killing the baby in her grandparents’ Lansdowne home on June 15 2005. She was stabbed in the neck.

The mastermind behind the killing, Dina Rodrigues, was also sentenced to life in June 2007.

Mfazwe and Bobotyane got a further 10 years for armed robbery.

The four men gained access to the family’s home by claiming to be from a courier company.

This year marked the 11th anniversary since her death.

Rodrigues approached them at a taxi rank, looking for someone willing to kill for money. She paid them R10 000.

At the time of the murder, Rodrigues was in a relationship with Neil Wilson. He fathered the baby with Norton, his previous girlfriend. 

In papers she filed with the Supreme Court of Appeal in 2013, in her unsuccessful bid to appeal her sentence, Rodrigues said she was happy in her relationship with Wilson until she heard of his illegitimate child.

She was “deeply infatuated” with him, and her discovery that Wilson and Norton had a child had a “profound effect” on her.

“In my efforts to seek ways to release myself from the emotional pain from which I often suffered, I began to plot the child’s demise in my imagination,” she said. 








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