Mom who strangled daughter receives hefty prison sentence

By admin
30 November 2016

Soniya Koekemoer was sentenced to 18 years in prison at the Vanderbijlpark regional court on Tuesday.

Soniya Koekemoer was sentenced to 18 years in prison at the Vanderbijlpark regional court on Tuesday.

After serving the 18 year prison sentence to Soniya, the judge encouraged her by saying, “You need to take the right medication in prison. There is hope.”

The unemployed mother strangled her nine-year-old daughter, Michelle, to death with a rope. Initially Soniya said in statement that she believed Michelle was strangled to death by burglars.

She alleged that she found Michelle dead in her bed in the Periston House apartment block in Helena Lochner Street in SW1. She earlier also claimed that she had also woken up with a rope around her neck. But on 11 August she confessed that she had in fact strangled her daughter to death.

Read more: ‘It must have taken her a while to strangle the child’

On Monday 13 June she also appeared in Vanderbijlpark court for possession of dagga but that case was scratched off of the role.

But on 11 August she buckled and admitted that she was the one who had taken her daughter’s life. During his address judge Robert Button said that the name Michelle means ‘gift from God’ in French. Read more: Case against mom who strangled daughter postponed because she isn’t ’emotionally stable enough’ At the same time he said that Soniya’s parents had let her and Michelle down by not supporting them – and her husband had done the same. “He abandoned his duty,” said the judge.

Tewis Koekemoer, Michelle’s father, also initially believed that there had been a break in. He and Soniya split up about two years ago. Soniya’s mother before the start of her sentencing hearing.
Her stepfather, Dawie Viljoen, was also present today.

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