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Dina loses appeal bid

Cape Town - Two judges in the Western Cape High Court on Thursday refused baby killer Dina Rodrigues leave to appeal against her life sentence in jail.

Rodrigues is serving a life sentence after she was convicted of hiring four men and paying them R10 000 to murder six-month-old Jordan Leigh Norton on June 15 2005.

Jordan Leigh was the daughter of Neil Wilson, with whom Rodrigues had a relationship. The baby was stabbed to death with a knife.

Sipho Mfazwe and Mongezi Bobo¬tyane were found guilty with Rodrigues in 2007 and sentenced to life in prison, while Zanethemba Gwada and Bonginkosi Sigenu were given 15-year jail sentences.

Rodrigues and her fellow accused applied for leave to appeal before a full bench of judges in July this year.

Overwhelming evidence

Judges André le Grange and Jeanette Traverso agreed with Judge Basheer Wagley's initial sentence, while Judge Essa Moosa suggested a sentence of 26 years in jail.

The majority verdict of Le Grange and Traverso meant that Rodrigues would remain behind bars for now. It is not yet known if she will now go the Appeal Court in Bloemfontein.

Le Grange pointed to the overwhelming evidence during the trial that Rodrigues was the main offender.

"The motive for this callous killing of a six-month-old baby in the sanctity and security of her home can evoke very little mercy or sympathy, if any."

He said there was also ample time and opportunity for them to come to their senses the day before the murder and to decide not to go ahead, after their first attempt failed.

"They continued under false pretences and slaughtered the baby like an animal until it was dead."
 
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