Evidence: Dad intended killing baby

2012-07-10 22:34

Pretoria - Evidence presented in court proved that Nolan Schoeman had a direct intention to kill his baby, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard on Tuesday.

Prosecutor Cornelia Harmzen argued that evidence by medical professionals and the testimony of a young boy proved that Schoeman had intended to kill his son Wade.

She urged the court to reject Schoeman's claims that he could not remember anything and to accept the evidence of a young boy who testified that he saw Schoeman hit the baby with a fist on the head.

Harmzen argued that the State had proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Schoeman and his lover Marissa Rudman were guilty of murdering their baby.

The only inference that could be drawn from the two-month-old baby's severe injuries was that his parents had caused them and knew he was going to die.

She submitted that the two should be convicted of abusing Wade and another young boy.

Medical evidence

Wade died of severe head injuries four days after being admitted to the Steve Biko Hospital in Pretoria in April 2009.

He had been diagnosed with pneumonia at another state hospital a week earlier, but Rudman discharged him, against medical advice, a day later.

The court heard medical evidence that the baby had such severe head injuries that his skull was coming apart.
A tear to the membrane under the baby's upper lip suggested abuse and facial trauma.

Wade also had two broken forearms, which were already healing, 22 broken ribs, lung contusions possibly caused by a direct hard blow, finger marks on his face and chest and unusual injuries on both feet.

Two doctors testified that the injuries would have been immediately visible.

The baby's lip injury would have bled profusely and his head injury would have resulted in projectile vomiting, a high pitched scream, convulsions and unconsciousness or slowly going into a coma, they said.

Harmzen told the court that Rudman had tried to apportion some blame to Schoeman, but had become entangled in her own guilt and lies.

Harmzen contended that Rudman had either inflicted the baby's injuries or should have seen them when she bathed and changed the baby's clothing, but did nothing to help him until he started having convulsions.

Rudman previously claimed she had noticed bruises on the baby's head only six days after he was released from the state hospital, but thought they had been caused by the struggle to insert a drip into his head.

The totality of the evidence showed that Rudman had been aware that her baby was severely assaulted, but did not assist or try to save her baby in any way, Harmzen argued.


Rudman's advocate Karin Alheit argued that the State had not proved any of the charges beyond a reasonable doubt against her client.

She said Rudman had consistently denied being aware of any ill-treatment or abuse of her baby by Schoeman and there was no evidence that she had abused either the infant or the young boy.

Alheit submitted that the State had not proved any conduct on Rudman's part that caused the death of the baby either by commission or omission.

Rudman was a battered and abused woman who had been subjected to continuous and vicious assaults by Schoeman.

She had been worried about her baby and had wanted to take him to a paediatrician, but had no money or transport.

However, Rudman had reacted immediately on realising the baby's condition was serious and had made arrangements to take him to hospital, Alheit said.

Schoeman's advocate Mabonga Ledwaba argued that both parents were equally guilty, but said the State had at most proved their guilt on a charge of culpable homicide.

He contended that the baby's injuries were the result of their lifestyle and use of drugs.

However, the State could not prove that either of them intended killing the baby.

Judge Cynthia Pretorius will deliver judgment on 13 August.

  • Dwen-Hein Heiberg - 2012-07-10 23:02

    Being a Father myself, I am sick to my stomach. I cant even fathom what person would do that to his own 2 month old child, or any age for that matter.. that poor baby. you two are monsters.

  • BulletProof. - 2012-07-10 23:49

    The names say it all RUDE MAN AND SCUM AN. Yes, Scum of this world, poor child perhaps was a good thing that GOD took this angel away and for those Two jail them forever.

  • rickvcooper - 2012-07-11 01:04

    You are absolute stinking filth. The kind of filth that should be removed from society permanently. I would love to assist with this removal - of both parents.

      charlie.elford.5 - 2012-07-11 07:31

      I'm willing to pitch in with my bare hands

  • melania.nel - 2012-07-11 02:14

    Psychos. Chop off their hands.

      Jack - 2012-07-11 05:40

      I'd prefer the death penalty for them. That poor baby.

  • henri.laurie.7 - 2012-07-11 06:04

    I'll be following this closely, these Motherf@$kers deserves the absolute ultimate punishment !! Hopefully they will both be raped to death by a gang of Aids infested criminals... and even that will be to good for them, Babba is licking his lips for you... believe me !!

  • kathleen.whiteley.7 - 2012-07-11 06:24

    They should both be sterilised and a lobotomy performed on Schoeman, or perhaps his brain should be removed and studied in the name of science!

      peter.gibbs.5895 - 2012-07-11 08:07

      What F**king brain!!!!

  • trudiroos.potter - 2012-07-11 06:32

    Absolute filth! She is pregnant again, has 2 other children cannot even remember their dates of birth! People like this must be stopped from breeding.

      roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-07-11 08:40

      They should force her to abort and then sterilize the stupid bitch.

  • julie.j.vanrensburg - 2012-07-11 06:34

    Return to the Old Testament Law of an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth - whatever wrong anyone does to someone, do exactly the same to them... Sick scum like those two deserve to be abused in the same manner...

  • Ian - 2012-07-11 06:51

    I worked with Marissa once, I always knew something wasen't right there, really scary stuff this

      don.quioxte.3 - 2012-07-11 07:59

      Nice people you know.

  • Bonginkosi Ngubane - 2012-07-11 06:54

    Let them rot in jail: barbarians

  • azuriacharters.azuriacharters - 2012-07-11 06:54

    Put them both away for life!!! PS.Noedig Greene...Simply TRASH.

  • henri.laurie.7 - 2012-07-11 06:55

    When News24 reports that these 2 motherF@$kers have been raped and tortured to death in jail, I'll take a days leave to have the biggest party known to man... filthy scum !!

      charlie.elford.5 - 2012-07-11 07:32

      I hope they get the same outcome that the monster who killed Sheldean Human did, eventually.

  • ryan.kruger1 - 2012-07-11 07:23

    Being a parent is a privilege and not a burden. Permanent medically induced paralysis from the neck down would be fitting for sickos like this. Thus they can understand the phrase : "As helpless as a new born babe".

  • Jane Mdakane - 2012-07-11 07:27

    I agree guys this is baby we talking about, poor soul is not even aware that colour is such an issue.....rather not comment if you have nothing positive to say.....theres no excuse in killing no matter the colour....are we really that cold to turn everything into a racial issue even when it involves an innocent soul???? Come on people grow up!!!!!!! This is really Disgusting!!!!!!! Sies man, Voel jy nie skaam nie??????

  • charlie.elford.5 - 2012-07-11 07:30

    And now this piece of trash is pregnant again! Sterilize them both, if we can't have the death penalty for her (AND HIM!)

  • godesha - 2012-07-11 07:33

    All a baby wants is to be loved, cherished and cared for, they do not ask to be conceived and born. How can parents do this to a little one that trusts and rely on them so completely? These monsters do not deserve the oxygen they inhale. RIP little Wade, you are in a much better place now.

  • charne.coetzer.35 - 2012-07-11 07:34

    I was in tears reading that! What on earth could a poor innocent baby do to deserve that?! Those monsters should have been sterilized! They deserve the worst kinds of turture, followed by the death penalty!!!! RIP poor little angel, you did not deserve any of that:(

  • zibele.bala1 - 2012-07-11 07:43

    Life in prison without parole

  • Moi - 2012-07-11 07:45

    You sick, sick bastards. How can you live with yourselves?? "The court heard medical evidence that the baby had such severe head injuries that his skull was coming apart. A tear to the membrane under the baby's upper lip suggested abuse and facial trauma.Wade also had two broken forearms, which were already healing, 22 broken ribs, lung contusions possibly caused by a direct hard blow, finger marks on his face and chest and unusual injuries on both feet" You did all that to your own child??? You should have the same done to you day after day until you are in so much agony you beg for death.

  • Johan De Beer - 2012-07-11 07:54


  • don.quioxte.3 - 2012-07-11 07:57

    They must be sterilised. These scum cannot be allowed to continue breeding.

  • derrick.dawson - 2012-07-11 08:09

    I am not an emotional man, but this brought a tear to my eye. I have an 11 month old son and cannot fathom how you can do that to such an innocent baby. These horrible people do not deserve to live. If you can kill your own children you are capable of anything. Absolute fu%#$ng monsters.

  • Ryan - 2012-07-11 08:13

    Jail them....? What a joke F2cking execute them by bashing their sculls in on national TV!

  • Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-07-11 08:32

    I hope they burn and rot in hell!! Evil as Fu€|< these two and they don't deserve to live another happy day again, ever!

  • JanHNortje - 2012-07-11 08:33

    I got angrier as I started reading and stopped after the hospital report. I've heard enough. These people deserve a special place in hell. This in now what to start a morning. ANGRY

      JanHNortje - 2012-07-11 08:35

      *This is no why to start a morning.

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-07-11 08:38

    Hang both of them. People like this should not be allowed to walk amongst decent people and they should not be allowed to have children. Hope they get the biggest sentence that can be dished out.

  • anri.debeer.9 - 2012-07-11 08:53

    This is so heartbreaking. For people like me who merely dreams of having children of my own one day, this brought me to tears. To think that these monsters did that to an innocent defenseless baby. I just hope they know that there will come a time where their lies and deceit will only bring them sorrow and suffering because our savior knows all.

      berninaf - 2012-08-13 16:07

      I agree with you, I don't understand how they could do this.

  • badballie - 2012-07-11 09:30

    part of the sentence must be that neither is ever allowed to care for a child again and that if they have another child it must be removed from their care and placed in foster care or put up for adoption.

  • karenadawkins - 2012-07-11 10:29

    this is where and eye for an eye comes to play... do unto them as they did unto ther child but make them live to live with the horror they bestowed on the innocent young baby ..... complete utter monsters

  • wdugmore - 2012-07-11 11:35

    Medievil torture should come back!!!

  • sharon.tarin1 - 2012-07-11 12:25

    How is it possible that this event took place in April 2009 and is only being heard now? Were this couple out on bail and able to produce more children to abuse and murder? Furthermore, why does it make any difference whether they intended to kill the baby or not? Who cares whether they intended to kill the baby, does whether they intended to or didn't, make any difference to the horror of beating a little child to that extent.

      Kathy Goakes Sheehan - 2013-03-10 11:40

      My sentiments exactly Sharon! The evil rotten monsters they are :'(

  • luisa.zingarelli - 2012-07-11 14:00

    They do not deserve to be given the gift of life. Jail is just a safe haven for them.

  • berninaf - 2012-08-13 15:43

    These people do not deserve to have a child. Why did they not just give the child up for adoption, I know there would have been a loving family who would take care of him. Bless his soul, I know he has gone to Heaven

  • Shananananan - 2012-08-13 20:10

    I am a mother of two.... I'm in utter shock! My baby boy is 5 months old and my beautiful daughter is 2 years old. I could not under any circumstances imagine hurting either of them for ANY reason what so ever. And for a mother to allow abuse on a 2 month old baby..... HOW SICK ARE YOU!!!???? BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY FOR PEOPLE LIKE THIS!!!

  • Sandy-Lee Martins - 2013-03-05 08:40

    All a two month old baby wants is love, warmth and food. The poor little thing is so defenceless. Baby Wade must have cried in pain. A mother knows when there is something wrong with her baby, she must not even try deny that she didn’t know what was going on. But let’s take comfort in the fact that there are many prisoners that hate like child abusers so let’s hope they find out about these two and make them pay.

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