Creche death: Case adjourned

2008-08-20 00:00

CHILD-carer Roshnee Hemraj (44), who faces charges arising from the accidental death of nine-month-old Saiyona Moonsamy at a crèche on July 29, is suffering from depression and needs time to be treated before she can stand trial.

Her attorney, Nersan Naicker, said this yesterday to magistrate Dieter Schultz, who adjourned the case until October 23. Naicker also said that he needs time to research comparable cases.

Hemraj, dressed in a black jacket and punjabi, sat hunched in the dock until the proceedings began and then stood silently.

She faces a charge of culpable homicide arising from the death of Saiyona, who was killed when Hemraj allegedly knocked her down with a car that she apparently thought to be in reverse gear, but which went forward instead. Ten other children were injured.

Hemraj also faces charges of wrongfully and unlawfully driving recklessly and negligently without reasonable consideration for others.

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