Boy saw baby being punched, court hears

2012-04-20 22:06

Pretoria - A boy told a Pretoria court on Friday how he saw murder-accused Nolan Schoeman punch a sleeping baby on the head.

The 9-year-old testified by means of closed-circuit television in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, with the help of an intermediary, in the trial of Schoeman, 32, and Marissa Rudman, 36.

Both have pleaded not guilty to abusing and murdering their two-month-old boy Wade in April 2009, and abusing another child.

The baby died of head injuries several days after being admitted to the Steve Biko Hospital, in Pretoria, in a critical condition.

The boy, who may not be identified, testified that Wade "was in heaven because Nolan hurt him".

"I saw Nolan hit baby Wade on the head with the fist. I can't remember what happened after that.

"Baby Wade was sleeping. He was still sleeping after he was hit," he said.

This happened in the bedroom. Rudman was in the lounge when it happened.

The child could not say whether Wade was ill, but said the baby had cried "quite often".

The child testified that Schoeman had always been mean to him and was not nice to Rudman either.

He had often seen Schoeman choking Rudman and also once saw him hit her on the forehead with an iron.

"I saw choking, slapping and punching. Nolan was doing the punching and [Rudman] was doing the slapping... There was a lot of blood.

"I was screaming during the fights. I asked the security guards for help," he said.

The child said no-one had ever hurt him and he told the court he felt "weird" and confused.

He turned his back, refused to answer questions and shook off the interpreter when asked questions about Schoeman.

He became visibly upset when counsel for Schoeman asked him if he knew that Schoeman loved him, and later said through the intermediary that Schoeman did not like him and that it was a lie.

Strange injuries

Forensic pathologist Dr Christina Cronjé testified that Wade died of head injuries caused by blunt force non-accidental violence consistent with a blow or blows with a fist.

The baby had an injury on the inside of the mouth under the upper lip that was typically described in the literature as an injury caused by an assault.

Apart from two broken forearms, the baby also had 22 rib fractures.

The fractures had already healed or were starting to heal and could have been older than two weeks.

Cronjé testified that the bones of babies were more elastic than those of adults and it would have taken significant force to break a bone.

Photos of the baby's feet showed "strange" injuries that were not normal in a baby, but the pathologist could not say what had caused them.

There were also clearly visible abrasions on the baby's forearm that looked as if they might have been caused by a nail and were an older injury.

She said the total picture of the baby's injuries and the different ages of the injuries fitted with non-accidental injury syndrome, indicating abuse.

Cronjé said she could find no signs that medical negligence could have caused baby Wade's death.

The trial continues.

  • Jason - 2012-04-20 22:20

    Hey Nolan... papa wag vir jou

      Nicholas Tomo Elliot - 2012-04-20 22:41

      Nolan u douche bag. i would love to paralyze u man and punch you just like you punched your own flesh and blood . You a coward! u hit and kill a 2 week old baby! people like you deserve the deepest depths of hell which will be reserved for you!

      Jayson - 2012-04-20 23:53

      Let it be slow and painfull.

      Oscar - 2012-04-21 04:16

      The problem is, a sick F like him will most probably enjoy papa's corrective attention.

      bluzulu - 2012-04-21 12:32

      Shocking, seems crimes against women and children are common culture in RSA.

  • madelein.vanderberg - 2012-04-20 22:46

    Please give this people to me .i will do what they did to that baby to them!they are not people nor animals because not even a animal will do what they have done

  • Bronwyn - 2012-04-20 22:50

    I don't know why I read this article, the story will haunt me for a long, long time and when I look into my own daughters eyes, my heart breaks for the poor innocent souls being borne to monsters like these. What is wrong with the world!!!!

      Minah - 2012-04-21 08:06

      @bronwyn it has disturbed me deeply as well, makes me feel so sick wat ppl do. kids are innocent no matter wat.

  • Pieter Erasmus - 2012-04-20 23:13

    pathetic excuse for a mother!

  • rickvcooper - 2012-04-20 23:17

    I struggle to read this. People should really test competent and psychologically fit to have children before they are allowed to do so.

      henk63 - 2012-04-21 08:51

      We should have started that about 50 years ago. Problem is, those that least deserve to have children, breed them by the bucketload. And there is no turning back since the current belief is that all are born equal and should be allowd to breed as they please.

  • ncobilejane - 2012-04-20 23:20

    hw cn u hit a bby on d head dis pple dnt deserve 2 live if utele by mistake jst gv d bby up 4 adoption nt 2 abuse d innocent soul

  • Abri - 2012-04-20 23:25

    Dis om van te huil.

  • Nicholas - 2012-04-20 23:45

    Apart from being jailed, they should both be sterilized. Sickening.

      Jayson - 2012-04-21 05:59

      Nicholas. I hear what you are saying. But no where in the article was there a mention of sexual abuse toward the child. I don't see the need in sterilization. They should be hung. No jail,, just death. Bottom line.

      carpejugulim - 2012-04-21 08:35

      Jayson this has nothing to do with sexual abuse, sterilisation will however ensure that neither of them can bring another innocent life into this world ... people like that should not have children

      Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-04-21 08:41

      @ Jayson Surely Nicholas meant that they should be sterilized so that they can never have children again because those babies might suffer the same fate. I'm pretty shocked that you immediately leapt to the sexual abuse angle.

      Chris - 2012-04-21 09:08

      Jayson, please wake up.

      Nicholas - 2012-04-21 10:56

      Thanks guys, yes, thats exactly what I meant. People like this have absolutely no business having children at all and sterilization would see to this.

  • Jayson - 2012-04-20 23:45

    Nolan. You have a date with destiny,,,the business end of the hang mans noose.

  • Charné - 2012-04-20 23:55

    Totally sickening that people can do this to an innocent baby! I say bring back the death penalty! These \things\ don't deserve to live!

      Jayson - 2012-04-21 00:00

      Charne. It makes me sick to the core. 1000% for death penalty.

  • urvashi.bhana - 2012-04-21 00:29

    These monsters should be put in the GAS CHAMBER. Sickos!!! God HAS no place for them in his House.

  • Lizette - 2012-04-21 00:33

    This breaks my heart in a million pieces. What I wouldn't do to have another baby...... And then people who can, kill them...... I don't understand.

  • lskosana3 - 2012-04-21 01:47

    Yep, that's the scum we live with!!! Pathetic bastard, hope he's made a woman in jail. Soo mad right now!

  • Thembi - 2012-04-21 02:06

    Devil worshipers

  • Deon - 2012-04-21 03:03

    In circumstances like these, I really wish we had the death penalty and a really painful death for these heartless creatures, can't call them humans , its a insult to us

  • Toofaan - 2012-04-21 03:12

    22 Rib fractures and hitting a 2 Month old in the head !!! These are not human beings!!! Even animals are better! The appropriate punishment for this scum is unfortunately banned in South Africa.

  • Pono - 2012-04-21 03:59

    All these horrific stories keep happening in our country because the punishment is not enough. I don’t think jailing these two idiots it’s well deserved punishment; they must be touché red the same way they did to that innocent baby. Monsters like you make me feel like taking law on our hands is the right thing to do because I feel like burning you two life!!!!

  • michel.pieterse - 2012-04-21 04:30

    F#*$n Low life scumbags! They got my blood boiling, shiver to think what I would do in the unfortionate event I ever meet this rubbish! May you rot in hell Nolan

      Cindyvanvuuren - 2012-04-21 06:15

      I blame the Mother too what mother will let any body do that to her baby. She must have been aware of the abuse and probably played a roll in it. Hope they lock both up and throw away the key! It realy makes me sad to think what that poor baby must have gone trough.

      Cindyvanvuuren - 2012-04-21 06:16

      I blame the Mother too what mother will let any body do that to her baby. She must have been aware of the abuse and probably played a roll in it. Hope they lock both up and throw away the key! It realy makes me sad to think what that poor baby must have gone trough.

  • Kalai - 2012-04-21 06:34

    my heart aches when i read such stories.

  • herculesjansenvanvuuren - 2012-04-21 06:56

    There is a special place in hell reserved just for you. You sick f@cks!

  • Nicki.Labuschagne - 2012-04-21 07:19

    This is deeply disturbing and horrifying - 2 months old and 22 rib fractures, not to mention other injuries and the fatal punch?! The parents are monsters but the system failed baby Wade too. Why did the doctors not pick up the abuse when the infant was admitted to hospital with pneumonia and then discharged by the mother, who refused further treatment? Instead they gave this innocent and totally helpless victim back to the parents to be murdered.

  • marumobongani - 2012-04-21 07:39

    lord forgive but I swear to kill a man if I witnessed such

  • Stephan - 2012-04-21 07:52

    THIS is exactly why we need the death penalty back in South Africa!!! This is ridiculous. Ek hoop jy word "mooi" behandel in die tronk, mag alles wat groot, lank en skeurend-groot is jou pad langs kom terwyl jy daar is...

  • HugoMabasa - 2012-04-21 07:59

    savages...probably has something to do with upbringing as it is always the case*observation made by the wise ones on N24*

  • Mgoqi - 2012-04-21 08:00

    its very sad u know it pains me,when i read it i cried

  • Marion - 2012-04-21 08:18

    Cowards both of you must rot in jail,no words actuallly. To describe u,

      Jayson - 2012-04-21 11:30

      Marion. Theses scum bags need to die. Death penalty. Why must us tax payers give them a good life. What reason would you say???

  • Goldie - 2012-04-21 08:36

    I feel physically sick after reading this! Some people should be sterilised as soon as they hit puberty!!

  • Brian - 2012-04-21 08:43

    Pure savagery! Must be the way they were brought up, of course... Nkosi baxolele, abakwazi abakwenzayo!

  • Raj - 2012-04-21 08:50

    If only I was the judge in this case, I would have been the first to grant public justice to this couple. People's justice until death. Freaking scumbags. Slow torture them to death.

      Jayson - 2012-04-21 11:24

      Raj. I agree

  • Elize - 2012-04-21 08:53

    Piece of low life scum, too much of a coward to beat someone your own size! This is where the death penalty should apply and for both parents cause the mother could have done something if she wanted to!!

  • michelle.l.vanwyk - 2012-04-21 08:56

    And of course these two will get off, its South Africa remember!!!! Just show us what these two look like please.....

      Manny - 2012-04-21 12:26

      Correction - they are white, there wont be any irregularities found with evidence, reports or any such like. (Un)fortunately they are not connected to the big brass band, so they will go down the way they rightfully deserve.

  • Martin Van Tonder - 2012-04-21 09:53

    That man must also go through the same that he put that defenseless little baby through. Then hanged publicly. Sorry i have no sympathy for people like this. Babies are a blessing from God and should be cherished.

  • Ntombizakhona Nkosi - 2012-04-21 10:03

    what kind of an animal this stupid ass hole is? he must rot in jail

  • lytteot7 - 2012-04-21 10:32

    Necklace these monsters.

  • AfricanBlueSpaceChrist - 2012-04-21 11:55


  • Francois Steyl - 2012-04-21 11:58

    Why even consider a humane punishment such as jail for this scum? - will gladly pay for the lethal injections myself.

  • Manny - 2012-04-21 12:19

    U mean they were not blacks this Seriously disgusting - maybe they need some punching, low life trash. Whats coming of this country, this world.

  • Kelly - 2012-04-21 16:51

    I was a little blond girl marissa has known me and my mother for a lot of years.I always went over to her house to go play with the 9 year old boy by that time he was 4 years old and I was 9. I always went into their house it was very neat from what I could remember there was stairs it was a 2 story house there was this little room under neath the stairs me and the boy used to draw on the wals I could remember that nolan had drawn a big cobra snake on the wall right in the middle everytime I wanted to colour the snake in he beged me not to and I asked him why and he sayed to me dady nolan will hit me I never sespeckted anything I could also remember that when nolan were around us he was very scared.I know marissa rudman now for almost 5 years she was always a little weird I never knew why I didn't often speek to nolan he frightend me a lot he was very harsh wit the 9 year old he would speak loud to him ever cinced we moved we saw marissa very often at the engen garage but I NEVER EXPECKTED MARISSA AND NOLAN TO MURDER THEIR OWN CHILD!!!!!

  • Deanne - 2012-04-23 07:49

    Please let these people rot in hell.................

  • Desiré - 2012-04-23 17:04

    People who abuse children should be sterilized! They should never be allowed to have children. How can someone do this and live with it??? If you dont want your baby/child rather leave him/her at the police station/ annonomous drop off zone, rather than killing it. It pains me deeply hearing these stories when there are so many people out there that would do anything to have a child.

  • Maryke.Swanepoel.Smith - 2012-04-23 19:58

    One must have a licence to drive a car or own a gun, yet any jackass can have a child! Unfortunately the death penalty is far too humane for these barbarians. Give them to the public.

  • edward.herbst - 2012-05-10 07:57

    Death Sentence no more no less

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