Gran, mom back in court for toddler’s murder

2015-03-19 05:47

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Johannesburg - The case against a woman and her daughter accused of murdering toddler Jamie Naidoo is expected to resume in the Chatsworth Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

The case was postponed last month for further investigations.

Salatchee Venilla Basanich, 55, and her daughter Patricia Kershie Ishwarlal, 31, were charged for 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.

This was after the court was told 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, saying that her speech was akin to that of a young child.

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