Court warns murder-accused mom

2012-04-16 22:34

Pretoria - A Pretoria woman accused of bashing her 2-month-old baby to death was warned by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Monday not to talk to any of the State witnesses in her trial.

Judge Cynthia Pretorius warned Marissa Johanna Rudman not to talk to them about anything, after the prosecutor complained that she had been seen chatting to a State witness in the corridor while waiting for the trial to start.

Pretorius postponed the trial of Rudman and her former boyfriend Nolan Baron Schoeman until Wednesday. She also issued a warrant for the arrest of an unwilling State witness.

Pretorius warned Rudman to co-operate with her advocate Karin Alheit.

Alheit was appointed by the Legal Aid Board after the withdrawal of two previous advocates, allegedly because Rudman refused to co-operate with them.

Rudman is out on a warning. Schoeman’s bail was withdrawn in 2010 when he failed to appear in court. The couple face charges of murder and child abuse.

According to the charge sheet they abused their 2-month-old baby son Wade from birth and handled him in an inappropriate manner by, for example, lifting him by his feet.

The baby was admitted to hospital in March 2009 with pneumonia. Rudman allegedly discharged him herself and refused further medical treatment.

He was admitted to another hospital a week later, but was by then critically ill and had multiple injuries, some of which were already healing.

The baby’s injuries included an already healing rib fracture, a fractured forearm, extensive soft tissue injuries as well as brain haemorrhages.

The baby died on 7 April 2010 of a head injury.

The State alleges that the couple also severely abused and neglected another child over three years, starting when the child was four.

  • Karen - 2012-04-16 22:41

    Beat them both to death! Despicable human beings, no not human beings; animals. Being a mama of a 3 year old my heart is broke, RIP little one.

  • Prince - 2012-04-16 23:11

    they should both rot in jail 4 this. a 2 month old baby? this woman is a witch

  • Marion - 2012-04-17 00:33

    To abuse a baby in any way is pure evil. I feel extremely sorry for the other child who was abused and hope that he/she is in a place of safety now.

  • Gemma-Leigh - 2012-04-17 05:38

    I don't understand...if you know or even suspect you can't handle a child, why then have one? Raising a child is hard work, there's no off switch and they're bound to drive you mad at some point or another! However, if you even suspect you lack the self-control necessary to get through the rough patches, you'd be doing the child a favour by giving him/her up for adoption. As for people who abuse children without any provocation...people who aren't reacting from a loss of self-control, but from a place of hatred or are the worst! How dare you touch a child in any inappropriate manner?! That child is not your toy...that child is a responsibility entrusted to you!

  • Khanyi - 2012-04-17 06:34

    This two parents deserve to be killed, no child should go through such abuse. Death sentence should come back for things like this. An eye for an eye

  • Carina Welman - 2012-04-17 07:03

    some people should be castrated and not be allowed to breed!! sick f*cks!

  • Nicki.Labuschagne - 2012-04-17 07:35

    How absolutely heartbreaking this is. The poor, helpless little mite. RIP. May the full weight of the law be brought down on the parents, who seem completely lacking in any humanity. What a tragedy that the death penalty has been abolished. Sterilise them, lock them up and throw away the key.

  • Lorain - 2012-04-17 09:27

    I would like to have chat with her.

  • Lorain - 2012-04-17 09:33

    What causes these creatures to keep on procreating?

  • Cayowin - 2012-04-17 11:04

    2 words - compulsory sterilization. How can we as a society allow these people to breed? They have proved beyond a doubt that they are incapable or unwilling to look after a child.

  • Faranaaz - 2012-04-17 12:58

    How can this woman be so cruel... A defenseless baby omg they shud be sentenced to death

      Christopher - 2012-04-17 14:28

      Didn't you hear? We abolished the Death Sentence so that people can get away with murder!!! These people will probably get off on a technicality or get a suspended sentence which is how our system works.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-04-20 22:04

    No SOUL in this do you miss treat a tiny helpless baby? Strange how there are some who long to have a baby..and can not have, who would make such good parents......then you get these baby murderers who don't appreciate the gift of a child...HOPE YOU SUFFER ALL YOUR DAYS.

  • ccandice.stoles - 2012-05-25 11:11


  • Storme Marshall - 2013-03-19 10:28

    being a mom myself... my heart is absolutely broken.. how can one harm a precious little gift.. so small and unable to defend himself against the evil of his parents!!! people like that dont deserve to die that would just be to easy... make them suffer for the rest of their living days.... sew their mouths shut so they cant tell you how much it hurts do to them what they did to their poor poor baby!!!RIP baby Wade May you find serenity and tranquility.

  • Lydia Benkenstein - 2013-10-27 10:40

    I know of a mom who abused her toddler by throwing her down the stairs. When the welfare threatened to take her daughter, her response was simply that then she would have another one!!!

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