'Baby Michael' prosecutor withdrawn from case

2015-05-08 09:00
(File)

(File) (Shutterstock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Advocate Carina Coetzee is reportedly stunned that she has been withdrawn from the decade-long assault case of Baby Michael, Netwerk24 reported on Friday.

The parents of young Michael Connor, Bradley Connor and Melinda Marshall, were found guilty of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm by the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court in November 2011.

Baby Michael, who was 3-months-old at the time of the assaults in 2003, died a blind quadriplegic at Avril Elizabeth Home on October 16, 2011.

The parents were sentenced to 10 years in jail in July 2012 for the assaults, following an eight-year-long case.

Carina Coetzee had been the prosecutor on the case since it was first brought to the roll.

In a case that she had once described as her "baby", Coetzee even risked the loss of her home at one point after the father, Bradley Connor, brought an application in court to have the prosecution discontinued.

Coetzee challenged Connor in her personal capacity and would had to have paid Connor's legal costs of up to R180 000 if she had lost.

But Coetzee has now been told to hand over the case to the new chief of prosecution in Johannesburg, Advocate Phumeza Futshane.

Phindi Louw, spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority, said that the NPA will not comment on internal decisions, the newspaper reported.


Read more on:    johannesburg  |  child abuse

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
11 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
ADVERTORIAL
Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

/News
 

5 top leg exercises for men

Here’s our selection of the five best leg exercises that you can do in the comfort of your own home.

 
 

You won't want to miss...

10 best dressed men of 2017
How to open a beer bottle without an opener
WATCH: Man films himself going down water slide upside down as things go very wrong…
WATCH: Conor McGregor: Notorious the trailer
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.