Mom jailed for horrific murder of son

2011-05-03 20:48

Johannesburg - A Tembisa mother who murdered her 5-year-old son and mutilated his body to make it look like a muti murder was on Tuesday jailed for 18 years.

Sentencing Batseba Irene Lekgeu, 27, in the North Gauteng High Court for the November 2008 murder of her son Andile, Judge Vivian Tlhapi said she had taken into account that Lekgeu suffered from a major depressive disorder.

This condition had, to some extent, affected Lekgeu's appreciation of the wrongfulness of her actions.

She had also taken into account that Lekgeu was a first offender and the mother of two young children who still needed her.

It was also not a case where one could say the accused had a propensity for criminal conduct, the judge added.

Lekgeu pleaded guilty to her son's murder and told a psychologist she could not forgive herself for what she did, and wished she was dead.

She never took the stand to testify in her defence.

Blamed her son

In her plea explanation, Lekgeu said she had blamed her son for all her problems because her family had rejected her, as his father was a known criminal.

She also received no support and battled financially.

Her youngest daughter's father refused to marry her because of her son, and she feared he would become a criminal like his father.

Lekgeu admitted wrapping her son in a blanket and taking him to an abandoned house in Nebo, where she stabbed him repeatedly before cutting off his ear and genitals to make it look like a muti murder.

She confessed to police the same day.

Lekgeu's mother, who is now raising her daughter's two young children on a state grant, told the court she had never shunned her grandson, but loved him as he was a good child who enjoyed going to church.

Horrific murder

Andile had even reminded them to pack his church clothes when they left to go and see his great-grandmother in Nebo the weekend he was killed.

Tlhapi said she was of the view that the murder had been premeditated, as Lekgeu admitted stabbing her son with a knife she had brought from home with her to Nebo.

The post-mortem report showed it had been a horrific murder, she said.

Andile died of asphyxia due to manual strangulation. He had stab wounds in the chest and abdomen, from which his intestines protruded. His left ear, scrotum and penis were cut off after his death.

The judge said one could only imagine the young victim being strangled by his mother, not knowing why it was happening, and not being able to fight back.

She said the mutilation of the body was an aggravating factor.

  • Johan.Groeneveld - 2011-05-03 21:12

    Please bring back the death penalty for pigs like this. Pigs like this do not deserve to be part of ANY system in south africa not even jail

      wattalotokak - 2011-05-03 21:48

      18 years??? An HOW ON EARTH do you make it look like a muti killing? Wait.... let's start at the beginning - the COURT said that the two remaining children "STILL NEEDED HER???"...! On what basis? Financially? I thought she was "IN NO FINANCIAL POSITION"...! On educational basis??? SHE IS A MURDERER??? She is a FIRST TIME OFFENCER??? What the HELL??? She "MADE IT LOOK LIKE A MUTI MURDER"...! Is she a pro in these kind of things??? HOW ON EARTH do you blame your child for all your problems???? Because the child is of that of a murderer??? Well .... she is NO DIFFERENT!!!! WHY is she given only 18 years??? She is 27 for GOD'S SAKE!!! SHE IS MATURE AND KNEW ALL ALONG OF HER DEEDS...! She is NOT A CHILD...! That child died BECAUSE OF HER DEEDS...! That makes a murderer READY to go out at the age of 45...! I thought the 30's are the new "20's"...! What is she going to do when she is released? Will she be educated? Will she learn new skills in prison? What the new Winnie???? WHAT is she going to do at the age of 45 that will be different from today's age which she has achieved??? I mean she achieved killing a child! AND THAT WAS DURING HER FREEDOM YEARS OF CHOOSING WHO SHE IS AND WHAT SHE WILL BE DOING! WHAT will she be doing at the age of 45??? Never mind even earlier knowing the paroles' in this country??? It still bugs me - WHAT do her 2 other children need her to do that the judges say only 18 years??? I SAY DEATH PENALTY!!!

      William - 2011-05-03 22:12

      johan, i agree with you bring back the death penalty yes, yes, yes. but i disagree with you about the pigs, pigs would not kill there own that woman is subuman no question, and she the bitch only gets 18years. bring back the old south africa.................!!!!!!!and im a jew. - 2011-05-04 08:38

      What a terrible terrible death this innocent child suffered!!! By the hands of his "mother"?????! More like "monster"!!!!

  • Warren - 2011-05-03 21:13

    Don't worry, she'll be out in 7 years.

      LadyJJ - 2011-05-04 11:47

      Was thinking the same thing ...that is why she sais this girl children still needs her

  • bb - 2011-05-03 21:15

    Only 18 years sentence?What happened to LIFE?

  • madmom1 - 2011-05-03 21:21

    two children who need her? naw...if she can kill their brother, they really do not need her as a mother...sad but true

  • TamaraSays - 2011-05-03 21:46

    Kill her. Slowly. So she can feel what it feels like. Inhuman.

  • William - 2011-05-03 22:15

    no comment, it's unspeakable..

  • Ozymandias - 2011-05-03 22:15

    The death penalty is completely incompatible with our Constitution. We don't know what extenuating circumstances lead to her sentence but calling for the death penalty is a narrow response. Rather look to the psychology behind her act and what it could be symptomatic of.

      D - 2011-05-03 23:12

      Why dont we ask the poor boy what he thinks about these extenuating circumstances? The psychology behind it doesnt matter, to premeditate and plan the murder of your own child who you blame for your life being a mess because you fooled around with a known criminal and didnt have the sense to not make your life a mess you end the life of an innocent child, the only innocent person in this whole terrible story?? Liberals... People should bear the consequences of their actions

      Damask - 2011-05-04 07:42

      What her actions show is that she knowingly had sex with a criminal, became pregnant and had his child. There is no logic to her blaming the child for her problems, she brought them upon herself. But hey, at least the state can look after her other two children, since there is a limitless supply of grants and all. So continue everyone, have unprotected sex and pop the babies out, the government will look after you. Haha.

  • D - 2011-05-03 22:18

    Appalling. And they want to leave two other children with the woman with mental problems? If the father is a known criminal why does no one inform the police? There is nothing right with this story.

  • ImAnAfrican - 2011-05-04 02:45

    I AGREE BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY and get this filth out of society for good. I don't understand this sentencing: The judge gives her a lesser sentence because she's a first time offender???? How many murders does one have to commit to get life in this country? DISGUSTING

      LadyJJ - 2011-05-04 11:52

      there is no live in this country 25 years is not life ...there is life in the USA only your coffin will leave the prison ...that is life

  • Foxilass - 2011-05-04 06:56

    This is so terribly disgusting and distressing. She killed her five year old child - for goodness sake!!! Where is the DEATH PENALTY??

  • Michelle - 2011-05-04 08:23

    Sick depraved monster!How can a someone do this to their own child???absolutely disgusting!

  • Ylla - 2011-05-04 08:41

    There should be a law that if a woman kills her own child(ren), that the state will pay for a forced permanent sterilization so that they can never have the privilege of being a mother again! Motherhood is a gift not a right, and kids are a gift given to us to nurture and protect. This women deserves more than 18 years she deserves life - an eye for an eye and a life for a life - SIMPLE!

  • Jackie - 2011-05-04 09:50

    18 years what a joke!!! she should rot in hell, And 2 remaining children needed her good grief, so that she can have a "relaps" and murder them too! I have no sympathy for people like this - the judge should wake if eff up!!

  • Mel - 2011-05-04 09:54

    She took into account that she was a first time offender and that she had 2 other young childern at home who needed her?? What is wrong with this Judge? My heart breaks for that little terrified he must have been. That disgusting excuse for a human being needs to burn.. Well, once again this story sums up our country to perfection.

  • Yasr - 2011-05-04 10:14

    Fkn SA eh?

  • Ares - 2011-05-04 10:40

    And the majority say "our culture says we are blessed when we have more children" ... baaahhh humba....

  • Monica - 2011-05-04 10:51

    Death Penalty!!!!!!

  • thandeka Mqaba - 2011-05-04 11:02

    18 years is that all they could give her! this women is purely evil to kill your own son its inhuman! i concur with most of the people that commented here!! Death Penalty!

  • TRiXi - 2011-05-04 11:05

    DISGUSTING!!!!!!!!!!! SIES! PATHETIC! How does she expect her other two kids to love and trust her. She is better of dead. Moron!

  • LadyJJ - 2011-05-04 11:44

    18Years ...the court must be joking ..she needed more years

  • mev - 2011-05-04 13:18

    Reading this makes my blood run cold. Our children depend and rely on us. If we don't protect them, who will? Very very sad situation, one I believe could have been avoided by better education and less superstition.

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