Dad admits hitting partner, not baby

2012-04-26 08:01

Pretoria - A father on trial for allegedly murdering his infant son told the North Gauteng High Court on Wednesday that he had assaulted the baby's mother, but would never hurt his child.

Nolan Schoeman, 32, and his common-law-wife, Marissa Rudman, 36, are on trial for allegedly murdering their 2-month-old son Wade in April 2009, and assaulting another child.

Wade died of head injuries several days after he was admitted to the Steve Biko Hospital, in Pretoria, in a critical condition.

Schoeman admitted assaulting Rudman and even breaking her nose, but said he had finally hit her back after being repeatedly assaulted by her.

After Wade's death, he said they had a "huge fight" during which she accused him of assaulting the baby.

Afterwards they made up and mutually decided that neither was responsible.


Instead, Schoeman blamed a friend who had moved in with them shortly before the baby's death.

Despite this suspicion, he did not confront the man or tell the police of his suspicions.

Schoeman admitted that he and Rudman had used drugs with the man and that they had allowed him to carry on living with them after their arrest for the murder.

He said he had a "hazy memory", which he blamed on his drug use.

He denied that it was possible that he could have assaulted Wade while drugged and not remember.

"I know in my heart I would never do that," he said.

Asked about a time he allegedly hit a child on the back with a ball and then shoved a plant into his mouth until he vomited, Schoeman said he "was just joking" and that "everyone was laughing".

Schoeman and Rudman have both pleaded not guilty to murder and two charges of child abuse.

Judge Cynthia Pretorius postponed their trial to May 15 so that Rudman could obtain a paediatrician to testify on her behalf.

  • Darren Pitt - 2012-04-26 08:13

    I say send them both to jail for murder!

      Felix - 2012-04-26 09:29

      Shame Zambezi, don't sink to the level of those you are trying to incite.

      Kala - 2012-04-26 12:41

      Even if one of them didn't do it, they sure as hell new it was happening and didn't stop it. That makes then just as guilty. Off with their heads!!!

  • Warwick - 2012-04-26 08:23

    Jail, jail, jail and then rape, rape, rape both of the filthy sub humans.

  • Wimpie.Haefele - 2012-04-26 08:26

    If you can beat your wife, you can beat your child.

      Dawood - 2012-04-26 09:41

      if u can beat ur wife and child,ur a coward. funny he blames the drugs...but he is sober enough not to pick a fight with a man..lock him up

  • Zinhle - 2012-04-26 08:28

    nxxxxxh, liar!, f$@kin addict.

  • Gregory - 2012-04-26 08:35

    These two drug addicts must go down. What kind of a sick joke is the plant story , and all his addict pals had a good laugh. They destroyed the life of that child. Hope they rot in hell.

  • Rob - 2012-04-26 08:38

    Just say " no to drugs. "

  • Jason - 2012-04-26 08:44

    I would love to show this guy what I'll do to him when I'm "only joking"

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-04-26 08:52

    Well, as if it ok to hit th partnerg. Yeah drugs do play a role in a man's action but if the guy cared enough he wouldn't hve had th stupid drugs. I'm begin to hate our society now, no wonder our country is having young rapists nd abusers.

  • avril.hopkins - 2012-04-26 09:01

    This just sickens me... what the hell is wrong with people? Kids are a gift and they are being raped and murdered left right and centre... I think it is time to bring back the death penalty, how else are we going to set an example. The worst part is that when these oxygen thieves are in jail we as the law abiding citizens with morals and standards end up feeding and clothing them and lets just throw in free studies, with our hard earned tax money that we have to pay over... what a load of BS

  • James - 2012-04-26 09:06

    OK, let me push a plant down your throat until you puke. I guarantee everyone will be laughing too. Piece of trash, I hope you're both removed from society permanently.

  • Noluntu - 2012-04-26 09:15

    Death sentence!!! Stupid ppl

  • Skwertno1 - 2012-04-26 09:15

    You are all a bunch of bigots..... Lily white and squecky clean., "Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone" Having said that I do NOT condone these actions, but you couch potato's make me sick....

      Riëtte - 2012-04-26 11:19

      @ skwertno1, no sin I commit can be compared to this story. They abused and killed a 2 month old child, have you ever held a 2-month old? They are small and vulnerable, trust you with their lives, literally! So stop making comments such as this. If you have kids of your own and feel that amazing love and protectiveness that comes over you, this kind of story will make you sick to your stomach.

  • Mike - 2012-04-26 09:17

    Hope they lock away this piece of s*** and throw away the key.

  • KATAFRICA - 2012-04-26 09:26

    Asked about a time he allegedly hit a child on the back with a ball and then shoved a plant into his mouth until he vomited, Schoeman said he "was just joking" and that "everyone was laughing". WTF he was 2 months old. Who in their right mind would joke like that or find that funny. After that statement i don't need any convincing. Guilty!

      Marion - 2012-04-26 12:09

      @Katafrica - the child he did that too was not the baby. It was a child who was removed from their custody due to abuse.

  • bluzulu - 2012-04-26 10:08

    These are sick savage barbarians, The Mother is to blame for allowing this blatant abuse to continue till such time that the child was Murdered. Rest in Peace , Little one. Throw both these crims in the chummed waters of Kaapstad,

      Riëtte - 2012-04-26 11:20

      I agree with you on this one. There is a very special corner in hell for people who do this kind of things.

      Gloria - 2012-04-26 11:54

      This bitch cannot be referred to as a mother!

  • Marion - 2012-04-26 10:23

    You are equally guilty as sin you despicable excuses for humanity. May you never be given the opportunity to abuse another child. Never.

  • Bruce - 2012-04-26 10:42

    I wonder what paediatrician will testify on her behalf?!

  • Simon - 2012-04-26 10:47

    Let me have them for 5 minutes!

  • Riëtte - 2012-04-26 11:16

    "Afterwards they made up and mutually decided that neither was responsible" - so exactly how did a two month old baby die from being assaulted? I think this man did do it, and blames the drugs hoping to get away with this. He is guilty of doing this, knows in his heart he can't do this my foot. If he could shove a plant into a child's mouth until he vomited then he could most definitely hurt a 2-month old. and then use the excuse that everyone was laughing about the plant incident, it was only a joke? I say lock him up and throw away the keys, filthy piece of waste!

  • Loo - 2012-04-26 13:53

    Well that settles it then ????? Assh*le

  • Nikki Bodenstein - 2012-04-27 01:29

    Really? Wow...then he must be telling the truth.....NOT...just another spineless loser who needs to get sent to jail. Hope he knows prisoners love men who hurt kids and they're going to treat him real nice. He wont be able to sit for a very long time.

  • agrineth.hlongwane1 - 2012-07-11 13:15

    jyeeree, i hope they rot in jail. i hope the judge locks them up and throws away the key. blame it on drugs and poverty and unemployment and and and, let them rot in jail. poor soul

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