Murder accused teen mom refuses to talk to lawyer

2015-04-24 18:35

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Tonga - A murder trial against a Mpumalanga teen mom accused of strangling her 18-month-old daughter came to a halt when her Legal Aid attorney told the court that the accused refuses to co-operate.

The accused, Nomcebo Mahlalela, 19, of Tsambokhulu Trust near Komatipoort, appeared in the Boschfontein Regional Court on Friday.

She has not been asked to plead to a charge of murder.

Legal Aid attorney Refiloe Tsotetsi told the court that Mahlalela refuses to talk to her.

"Your Worship, I spent an hour trying to talk with my client but she just keeps quiet... I find it difficult to work with her," said Tsotetsi.

Mahlalela, a Grade 12 pupil at Lebombo High School, was arrested on May 16 last year after community members grew suspicious when seeing her without her toddler, Faithful Masinga.

?It was later found that the child had been strangled and dumped on a mountain near the Swaziland border. ?It is still not clear why the child was killed.

Magistrate Edgar Moletsane extended Mahlalela's R1 000 bail and postponed the case to May 28 for the trial to start.

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