Gran, mom accused of killing toddler still being assessed

2015-03-19 14:34

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Durban - The case against a mother and her daughter accused of murdering toddler Jamie Naidoo was postponed in the Chatsworth Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

The case was postponed to await the outcome of the mental assessments Salatchee Venilla Basanich, 55, and her daughter Patricia Kershie Ishwarlal, 31, were undergoing.

They were charged with allegedly beating the toddler to death at their home in Chatsworth's Havenside area in November.

In January, Magistrate Busisiwe Lilly Mpungose ordered that Basanich and Ishwarlal undergo mental evaluation at the Fort Napier mental health facility.

The court heard on Thursday that the two were still at the facility and Mpungose postponed the case to 2 April.

The court was told in January that Ishwaral, the baby's mother, had sustained head injuries during a car accident in 2001, leading to drastic impairment of her basic functions.

A curator's report presented to the Road Accident Fund in 2004 stated that Ishwarlal displayed childlike tendencies and her speech was akin to that of a young child.

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