Killer parents' trial delayed again

2012-11-05 21:10

Johannesburg - The parents of a baby boy who were convicted of killing their two-month-old son will have to wait until February next year to hear their fate, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard on Monday.

Judge Cynthia Pretorius convicted Marissa Rudman and her lover Nolan Schoeman in August of killing Wade.

He sustained severe head injuries four days after being admitted to the Steve Biko Hospital in Pretoria in April 2009.

According to medical evidence, the injuries had been caused by direct blunt force trauma.

He was admitted to another state hospital a week earlier, but Rudman discharged him against medical advice.

The baby had two broken forearms and 22 broken ribs that were more than a week old and had already started to heal.

He had a severe lung contusion caused by a direct hard blow to the chest as well as bruises and abrasions on his face, chest and his feet.

A nine-year-old boy testified that he had seen Schoeman hitting the baby on the head with his fist.

Two medical doctors testified that the baby's injuries would immediately have been clearly visible but both accused denied being aware of any injuries or abuse.

Pretorius found Rudman had been aware that Schoeman continuously assaulted the baby but did nothing to help her child.

The trial was postponed last month when Schoeman’s advocate, M J Ledwaba, asked for more time to obtain a probation officer’s report.

Ledwaba said on Monday that the Legal Aid Board had appointed a psychiatrist to compile a report on Schoeman, but he needed until January next year.

Pretorius ordered Ledwaba to consult with his client to get clear instructions if he wanted a report by a probation officer or a psychiatrist.

“This is ridiculous. We can’t go on like this," said Pretorius.

“It is unacceptable to me that we have to drag out a criminal matter that has been dragging on for years, but we have no choice."

She said she will not postpone the case again.

Schoeman, who is in custody, was not present for his trial after being hospitalised over the weekend.

The trial was postponed to 18 February next year.

  • Emile Stoop - 2012-11-05 21:29

    Hang them both in the street.

      lownabester - 2012-11-05 21:37

      Why is she not locked up too. Your an evil moron.

      Vernon Rudolph - 2012-11-05 21:37

      I hope these two animals rot in jail.I wish for someone to kick them to death in jail.Lowlife scum...

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-11-06 10:21

      Hope they sterilize the common killer as well. Would hate another baby to die the way this one did.

  • darryl.katz.3 - 2012-11-05 21:32

    These people have no place sharing a planet with normal people. Makes me sick

  • peteralr - 2012-11-05 21:35

    May they both rot in hell and may he receive his just reward in prison on a daily basis

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-05 21:40

    he is hospitalised probably due to stress but his baby never had a chance!!! He is going to jail for the rest of his days!!!

      petr.valcik1 - 2012-11-06 08:23

      He is trying to pull a Shaik. Hopefully he will sit in jail for the rest of his time.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-11-05 21:44

    I have two good tyres,,anybody got some 93 unleaded??

      charlie.elford.5 - 2012-11-06 07:31

      I have a few lead tablets... for freeeeeee

  • carolyn.simshandcock - 2012-11-05 22:06

    Where were the grandparents? Where were the aunts and uncles? Where were the friends and neighbours? Where was God?

      Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-11-05 22:10

      Carolyn - Good question, where was god? or was this just another one of his tests.

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-11-05 22:17

    'Sustained head injuries four days AFTER being admitted to SB Hospital.' WTF??????

  • hugues.panassie - 2012-11-05 22:35

    This is insane, and I believe writing so many details about it is also very sordid. How could they do this to a new born baby. This is horrible.

  • zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-11-05 22:48

    It doesn't happen everyday in the white community as you people always justifies this kind of deeds. Lets accept it on move... no sob stories.

      martin.engels.73 - 2012-11-06 00:03

      Why on earth would you take something like this and make it a white black thing? I wish ignorant simple minded people like you would just not open your mouths so that everyone can see what big fools you are. I would much rather have you just keep your thoughts to yourself thus making the world a better place.

      martin.engels.73 - 2012-11-06 00:10

      Please go and live in Zimbabwe. You will be in good company and find the people their very intelligent. You silly little man. I would love to hear your views on uncles raping babies to ged rid of aids and muti murders. What about all the human trafficking where kids are lured from african countries to become sex slaves. Please try to use your brain. I know it will be a painful experience, but at least try.

      martin.engels.73 - 2012-11-06 00:13

      Please comment on Three deny murdering mom, kids

      martin.engels.73 - 2012-11-06 00:16

      Please comment on Empangeni rapist gets 40 years

      Vernon Rudolph - 2012-11-06 00:23

      Wara Wara Wara...Idiot.

      zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-11-06 04:52

      Why should I comment on those stories??? It's for you to go on spew your bile there telling everyone how 95% of black people are criminals and only a few for white people. I know you always feel better after spewing your bile!!!

      Vernon Rudolph - 2012-11-06 06:43

      hey zimbobwe how can anyone justify something like this you must get a grip no catch a wake up man.

      martin.engels.73 - 2012-11-06 06:57

      Please educate yourself. At least go and learn how to spell and the rules of grammar. 95% of blacks are not criminals and I definitely have never said that. Your comments make no sense. How weak is your argument that you have to make up stories to try and prove something?

      zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-11-06 08:14

      Now you are playing the man not the ball. There is no need to attack my grammar... English is my third language. And you with your Boksburg English you are not better either. I see it's difficult to grasp the context of my e-mail and it's real meaning. Maybe you should stick to typing gibberish than trying to talk sense, you are not very good at it.

      jason.wolff3 - 2012-11-06 09:01

      I don't hear anyone justifying this you idiot. In fact everyone is condemning it. You just a insecure pleb who needs someone to blame for your own inadequacies.

      riette.nothling - 2012-11-06 11:35

      oh just zip it, go read the other story of YOUR kind who killed 2 innocent children, raped and killed their mother and for what? a car & electronics? If you want to leave comments get your language use up to standard, your comment reflects your intellect, a.k.a NONE!!!

      zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-11-06 12:42

      Riette please stop getting your knickers in a knot lady, I comment on any story I want to whether my grammar is up to scratch or not but you did get my point didn't you??? Who are you to tell me what to do... garden boy... naaaahhhh??? Maybe you should go and comment on MY kind who raped and killed the mother to take out your frustration. I never said I was intelligent I just put facts on the table with my useless English and wait for people like you to get their panties in a twist instead of responding with facts.

      toni.k.mcquillen - 2012-11-06 14:02

      zimbobwe.mugabe wow, so as it doesn't happen every day in white communities, does it happen so often in other communities that it has somehow become acceptable behaviour? really? it shouldn't happen in any community in my opinion, and I would hope that the fact that it is a shocking crime not detract from that. It is a basic human right.

  • Mokgadi Hlaka - 2012-11-06 05:05

    Anyone who does this to a child makes me sick. Justice should be done

      lorain.maseko - 2012-11-06 07:15

      SIck is not even the word, the only justice i see her is for them to go to the electric chair (wishful thinking). I feel guilty just shouting at a child,how do you hurt a child in this manner and continue to live with yourself?

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-11-06 08:21

    They deserve a VERY SLOW death! No amount of so called rehabilitation will ever put these two evil people right!

  • auntie.lebo - 2012-11-06 08:59

    This is what I mean by the world is screwed up like how can you even think of doing something like that to your child?

  • Laura Claire - 2012-11-06 09:14

    why leave the case till feb they have so much evidence to put them away for life how do u go through so much pain giving birth and then you want to beat up your child,firstly the child never chose to be in the world, you brought it in really sick, parents like that need to get a taste of there own ,medicine get beaten up the exact way there baby was, sis you make me sick.

  • Yandisa Rwaai - 2012-11-06 10:22

    We whites don't do these things we just pigs .... its Malema and the ANC!!! Whats this country coming to !!!

  • rachael.vs.1 - 2012-11-06 12:14

    Makes me just want to run home and cuddle my baby who is a real needy chap and often in tears just for attention....

  • toni.k.mcquillen - 2012-11-06 13:56

    This is shocking, how can a 2 month old baby defend themselves. They are both responsible and should spend their lives behind bars, this is sick! This poor child never asked to be brought into this world in the first place, and this is what he gets for being born. Poor thing. At least he is not suffering anymore. I can not think of a punishment that would truely fit a crime like this, it is just sick!

  • lulama.mkunqwana - 2012-12-05 11:37

    Hope he was hospitalised for being gang raped by the Papa's inside.

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