Suspected abuse of toddler’s sisters

2017-07-11 06:00
Pastor Ronald Ruiters, grandfather of murdered Jeremiah Ruiters from Factreton, is disappointed with delays in getting bail for Jeremiah’s mother.PHOTO: Nomzamo yuku

Pastor Ronald Ruiters, grandfather of murdered Jeremiah Ruiters from Factreton, is disappointed with delays in getting bail for Jeremiah’s mother.PHOTO: Nomzamo yuku

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The two sisters of 18-month-old Jeremiah Joshua Ruiters from Factreton, who was allegedly raped and murdered, have also been examined to find out if they had also been assaulted.

Their maternal grandfather, Pastor Ronald Ruiters, says: “Both families were shattered by the revelation of sexual assault and a decision to have the girls tested. Their father’s family took them to Groote Schuur and results were negative.

“That was a relief for us, because we wondered if he could rape a boy what has he done to the girls?”

Jeremiah’s mother and her boyfriend have been arrested for his murder. He had looked after Jeremiah during the day while his mother worked.

The boy’s stepfather (26) is charged with rape and murder while the boy’s 30-year-old mother is charged with child neglect and murder.

The two appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday last week for their bail application.

Their charges followed the death of Jeremiah. He was declared dead upon his arrival at Factreton clinic early last month.

He reportedly suffered injuries to his upper body and neck.

Ruiters believes his daughter does not belong in jail. Seeing her spending time waiting for her bail application hurts, he says. He says his daughter is a caring mother for her children and has never shown signs of violence.

He was talking after the postponement of the bail application last Wednesday. It was postponed to tomorrow.

The legal representative of the two suspects, Thanaa Abrahams, told the court she could no longer represent them both.

Unlike at their previous appearance, Jeremiah’s mother was calm during the proceedings and avoided eye contact with her co-accused, who looked nervous and tried to speak to Abrahams.

Magistrate Joe Magele said the pregnant mother would remain in the hospital section of the prison until tomorrow.

Family members and friends of the mother say they do not understand why she has to remain in custody for so long because she is pregnant and “undoubtedly innocent”.

One of the neighbours, Nabewayan Jacobs, says: “We know she did not abuse the baby, she loved him dearly. Her mistake was to trust that man, she should have never left them with him.”

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