Child abusers' sentencing delayed

2012-03-29 08:28

Johannesburg - Sentencing of the couple found guilty of abusing their son, leaving him to die blind and brain-damaged, has been postponed by the Johannesburg Regional Court, The Star reported on Thursday.

Magistrate Frans Booysens on Wednesday postponed the case to July 02, to allow Bradley Connor's lawyer to call another witness.

Connor and the mother of his son Michael, Malinda Marshall, were found guilty in November 2011 of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

"He [Michael] was blind, immobile, being fed with a tube, brain damaged and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy," probation officer Yolanda Matikinca told the court on Wednesday.

"The accused [Marshall] stated that her boyfriend could not handle the child crying and would hit the baby every time he cried," Matikinca said.

According to probation officer Siphumelele Mbatha, who testified in mitigation of sentencing, Connor claimed that in one incident Michael fell off the bed and hit his eye on a sound system. On another occasion Connor claimed he was throwing Michael into the air and accidentally dropped him, Mbatha told the court.

Michael, born a healthy baby, was abused from the age of three months. He died aged six.

  • Kelley Kelz Grainger - 2012-03-29 08:49

    People like this should be put away and shouldnt be allowed to see daylight again ! This HEALTHY little boy was abused and they had no feeling or remorse??? Lock em' up and throw away the key !! Justice must and needs to served ... Postponing the trial is a waste to us all - it was evident enough of what they did !!!!

  • nokuthandwa - 2012-03-29 08:57

    CONTRACEPTIVES ARE FREE! Why have a baby if you don't want one.

  • Chez - 2012-03-29 09:51

    Why has the charge not been changed to murder?

  • Simthandile Mpondo - 2012-03-29 09:58

    These people are satanists for sure.

  • Ryan - 2012-03-29 11:47

    Hopefully they will both be used as bitches in jail especially Connor hope his cellmate has a big dong and makes him beg for mercy.

  • RiĆ«tte - 2012-03-29 12:46

    this kind of story gives me goosebumps! everyday I look at my 10-month old and realise that she trusts me to protect her, to be there for her and wipe her tears! Words cannot describe the absolute horror in my heart, how can someone do these things to a helpless little baby!?! I hope they get harsh punishments, they deserve no mercy.

  • nadesjensen - 2012-03-29 13:54

    this is so sickening. thank the lord that little boy is safe and away from those monsters.

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