Alleged baby killer has mental breakdown

2013-07-29 20:42

Pretoria - The trial of a Pretoria couple accused of murdering the woman's baby was delayed on Monday because she allegedly had a nervous breakdown.

Counsel for Juanita Oldewage, 26, told the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria that his client was not in court because she had a nervous breakdown.

He said she was not in hospital, but was too afraid to face the court or her husband, to whom she was still married, although they were estranged.

"It's just too much for her," Oldewage's advocate said.

He handed in a psychological report which stated Oldewage would be well enough to appear in court by Friday.

Oldewage and her husband Christiaan Oldewage are facing charges of abusing and murdering her 3-and-a-half-week-old baby son Christiaan jnr in December 2011.

The couple were married just before the baby's birth on 16 November 2011.

The baby was admitted for treatment at Montana Hospital in December, but died of multiple injuries several hours later.

His injuries included a fractured skull and multiple broken ribs.

The State alleges both accused repeatedly assaulted the baby, allowed him to be assaulted and failed to protect him from being assaulted.

They allegedly deliberately neglected and abused the baby.

The State intended seeking a court order to declare the Oldewages unfit to work with children.

Advocate Cornelia Harmzen objected to the trial being postponed.

The witnesses were all at court and the State was ready to proceed with the trial, she said.

Judge Lettie Molopa issued a warrant for Oldewage's arrest, but held over the warrant until Wednesday on condition that she appeared in court so the trial could be postponed.

Christiaan said he wanted to apply for bail on Wednesday.

  • Melanie Banks - 2013-07-29 20:56

    this is just the beginning of her hell that she created by murdering an innocent defenceless baby. Ball with the angels baby!

      Janicemcmaster - 2013-07-30 10:17

      They must both go straight to hell!!!!!

  • Jomo Kgomo - 2013-07-29 20:57

    Another Dewani why people can't stand up to their crimes?

      Gungets Tuft - 2013-07-29 21:25

      Yip, she has the Shaiks.

  • Wabomba Rogers - 2013-07-29 21:27

    These two beasts are too cruel. How could a normal person do such a horrible thing to an innocent child? Maniacs of this kind deserve mob justice.

      ProfAndyZulu - 2013-07-30 07:11

      Since when does anyone deserve mob-justice? Yes, emotions are high but think what you are saying...

  • Gia Harris - 2013-07-29 21:35

    Snd the mother 2 me n ill shw hr wot a real mental break is

  • Nico de Jongh - 2013-07-29 21:36

    ..murdering her baby or their baby..any booze or drugs..which ever reason they are history.

  • Sam Mayihlome - 2013-07-29 21:46

    they assaulted a 3 weeks and a half old baby? oh my gosh, what did the baby do to deserve this?

  • Petro Jahnel - 2013-07-29 22:29

    I will never know the joy of giving birth, although I wouldn't change my adopted little angel for anything. You had that privelage and you murdered him. I hope you see his little face every night when you close your eyes, may this haunt you for the rest of your miserable life!!!

  • ARTFUL DODGER. - 2013-07-29 22:44

    This woman baby killer is a DEGENERATE, and should pay the ultimate price!!!

  • Muke Matshaba - 2013-07-29 23:23

    By just thinkng of how many couples are trying so hard to have a baby,,,they should have given him for adoption instead

  • Zach Engelbrecht - 2013-07-29 23:23


  • Tommo Too - 2013-07-29 23:59

    Do I feel sorry for her? No

  • Raxxis - 2013-07-30 07:29

    I wish that hell existed for vermin like this. Killing a 3-week old baby should be punishable by being thrown into a vat of acid. Scum!

  • Hemlock - 2013-07-30 08:42

    "All to much for her!!!!!!!" Then just imagine what it was like for the innocent infant you murdered. I have no sympathy for you whatsoever. I wish you nothing but misery for the rest of your life and then you must burn in hell for all eternity!

  • Nixi Blakeway - 2013-07-30 08:53

    For as long as the state/ government does not punish offenders by making them pay for murder with their own lives that is how long this kind of crime will continue to become common. Policemen are being murdered also, in other words there is no respect for law or the feeble consequences of breaking the law.

  • Tanya Kim Shaw - 2013-07-30 09:47

    the cheek - nervous breakdown - scared to face the court and her husband - really - but nothing stopped her from abusing her child - it was too much for the baby - damn this justice system - as a tax payer I am paying for this crap - the death penalty is needed in this country..

  • Nicola Dee Van As - 2013-07-30 09:56

    It's becoming far too easy to claim mental instability or illness. Lock her up. She is disgusting

  • Lesley Diane Greyling - 2013-07-30 10:30

    WTF~! she should be MADE to face court, her husband, and her crimes~! that tiny litle baby had nobody to protect him, he could not hide from his torturers, could not have a "breakdown" and rest~! this is all a ploy to begin a defence of how traumatised she is, how innocent she is, and the parents will turn on each other an blame each other~! they are BOTH guilty, and i am sexist i know, but the mother is MORE guilty~! If i had been blessed to have a child i would have died protecting it, and NOTHING could make stand back while someone else hurt my child~! and i could never hurt it myself. For heavens sake i got mugged trying to save a cat on the side of the road once~! I shake my head in disgust, and shed a tear for the ad, painful, tragic life of tiny little Christiaan Oldewage ~! *shakes head* Our world has seemingly gone mad~!

  • Shelley Jennings - 2013-07-30 10:56

    She had a break down, JUST before appearing in court!???? OH HOW CONVENIENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FFS!!!!!! THEY SHOULD ALREADY HEAVE BEEN BEHIND BARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS is why SA IS SUCH A F..K UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Chareen Boake - 2013-07-30 11:53

    There are so many people who are unable to have children and would give anything to be blessed with a baby and these despicable creatures killed their own child. How true the following quote is : "Every child deserves a parent, not every parent deserves a child"

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