Mom planned son's mutilation - State

2011-03-31 23:24

Pretoria - The North Gauteng Court heard on Thursday that a Tembisa mother had to have planned to kill her 5-year-old son as she mutilated him to make it look like a muti murder.

Esther Mnguni, for the State, argued that Batseba Irene Lekgeu, 26, should be sent to a jail for no less than five years imprisonment for murdering her son, Andile, in November 2008.

Lekgeu admitted she had taken her son to an abandoned house in Nebo where she stabbed him repeatedly before cutting off his ear and private parts to make it look like a muti murder.

She confessed to the police the same day, saying she could not live with what she did.

She said she had blamed her son for all of her problems because her family had rejected her as his father was a known criminal.

She received no support and battled financially.

Psychologist Sunette van den Heever testified that Lekgeu suffered from severe depression, could not forgive herself for what she had done and wished she was dead.

Mnguni argued that the manner in which Lekgeu had murdered her son by stabbing him to death and mutilating him was an aggravating factor.

She said the court should impose such a sentence that the community did not perceive the court as being too lenient.

She conceded that there were substantial and compelling circumstances present to deviate from the minimum sentence in that Lekgeu suffered from depression and had two minor children.

Jan van Rooyen, for Lekgeu, said the State had not proved that the murder had been premeditated.

He said it was clear from the psychological evidence that Lekgeu's judgment had been impaired when she killed her son and the mutilation of the body afterwards did not prove advance planning.

He said it was clear that Lekgeu needed psychological help.

Judge Vivian Tlhapi will sentence Lekgeu on May 3.

  • Big Mouth - 2011-04-01 05:02

    5 years !! WTF !!

      Conrad Chester - 2011-04-01 07:10

      Yeah same here man, killing your son, own blood. But then only 5 years, eish, mental institute or prison for the rest of her life! Its so sad that we as SA make it so lenient on our criminals but yet in the same sentence we want to stop crime, very funny indeed. Harsher sentences and death penalty! Do I need to say more?

      Susannomore - 2011-04-01 07:43

      5 years, is that all that little boy's life was worth? Esther Mnguni, is what what you would call for if he was your child/family? A minimum of life should be the proposal.

  • Zantsak - 2011-04-01 07:01

    This is very sad and disturbing. The poor child being branded due to his father is very unfair, where is ubuntu in all of this?

  • Adeela - 2011-04-01 07:32

    poor baby! :(

  • eyrie - 2011-04-01 07:38

    honestly-I feel for her. having been as poor as that myself the thoughts that can go through your head are shameful-do not judge. Sitting here with internet few of you know how much poverty can contribute to the killing of one's spirit

      Susannomore - 2011-04-01 07:44

      Fine - kill your children then!!! There are BILLIONS

      Susannomore - 2011-04-01 07:46

      Sorry, hit the wrong button (angry) ... There are BILLIONS of proverty stricken people all over the world. Your statement suggests that murder within this class is acceptable. You need help. And I am one of the few who can relate. You are the oly one who can allow your spirit to be trampled on. Seriously, I hope you have no children.

      thedarkman - 2011-04-01 08:06

      There are thousands of people who try for years to conceive. It is the greatest blessing for anyone to have children. Poverty as an excuse for harming your own children??? You must be Julius Malema in disguise, cause only someone with his limited (if any) mental capacity would make a comment like that. I know many a parent who would gladly give up their lives in a heartbeat for the sake of their children and not vice versa.

      Cindy - 2011-04-01 08:35

      Why on earth would you feel for her, what about her defenceless child who's life has been taken away. There is no excuse for what she did, the murder was one thing, but to then go on and mutilate his tiny body, sickening, may she burn in hell

      buzz - 2011-04-01 12:00

      WTF??? If you're poor, don't have the kid in the first place! Even an ape could figure out that logic.

  • thedarkman - 2011-04-01 08:02

    WTF??? I think people like this, who can commit such heinous crimes should just be executed. They have no right to live in our society and dont deserve to be treated as human beings. "No less than five years.." She doesnt even deserve to be put in prison. Absolutely disgusting!!!!

  • KT - 2011-04-01 08:15

    % years are you kidding me.... for a poor defenceless boy of 5 years old to be mutilated like that she should get life!!!!

      MrT - 2011-04-01 10:44

      hahaha.. You can't capitalise numbers moron!

  • Cindy - 2011-04-01 08:31

    who kills their own child. There is no excuse for that. death, that is what she should be getting

      CTS - 2011-04-01 09:00

      Killing is one thing. Cutting off your own son's ear & genitals - man, that's really, really sick!

  • Charles Kane - 2011-04-01 08:48

    "Lekgeu suffered from severe depression, could not forgive herself for what she had done and wished she was dead." In this case, I think we should respect her wishes.

      CTS - 2011-04-01 09:00


  • - 2011-04-01 09:04

    The reason to deviate from the minimum sentence is that she sufferred from depression and has two other children. WTF!!! So you recommend we give her some anti - depressants and send her home to the other children. I'm sure those kids will be sleeping peacefully with their killer Mom about

  • Milo Milos - 2011-04-01 09:32

    Black or White!!!!!! SHE KILLED A KID!!!! 5 yrs prison is not enough ANY1 that KILLS a CHILD should get LIFE!!!! But I would prefer DEATH or kill them the same way they killed A INNOCENT CHILD!!!!! They did not choose to b in this world & they can not be held responsible 4 any problems U as a parent have!!!!! THAT IS JUST SICK!!!! THEY R BABIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anusha - 2011-04-01 09:38

    Sick..very Sick, Can a mother be capable of hurting her own child....what is this world coming to

  • Chris - 2011-04-01 10:08

    Take a life and the state suggest 5 years????!!!!!!!!!

  • Vigorous - 2011-04-01 15:27


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