Pretoria dad denies killing baby

2012-04-25 08:48

Pretoria - Alleged killer dad Nolan Schoeman told the North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday that he did not cause the death of his infant son Wade.

He admitted that he and Wade's mother Marissa Rudman used drugs while the baby was in hospital. He also told the court he was high on drugs when Wade was taken to hospital.

Schoeman, 32, and Rudman, 36, are on trial for Wade's murder. Both have pleaded not guilty to abusing and murdering him in April 2009, and to abusing another child.

Wade died of head injuries several days after he was admitted to the Steve Biko Hospital, in Pretoria, in a critical condition.

Schoeman told the court that a boy, who may not be identified, who said he had seen Schoeman punching the 2-month-old baby "must have been influenced" as he now lived with his father.

‘Only saw a bruise’

Schoeman held his head between his hands while looking at photographs of his baby's battered body.

He said he was "surprised" to see the injuries as he had only seen a bruise on the baby's forehead.

A pathologist earlier testified that the baby died of head injuries and also had two broken arms, 22 broken ribs, strange bruises on his feet and visible finger-type bruises on his head and chest.

The neurosurgeon who treated the baby said anyone would have been able to see the injuries.

Schoeman said he was shocked at his arrest and that Wade had died. "I feel the grief, but I can't express it, so I feel I'm in constant shock."

He said Rudman had discussed whether or not a 7-year-old child could have injured the baby.
The trial continues.

  • nishaatf - 2012-04-25 08:57

    This IS SICK , and they know it ,

      Rob - 2012-04-25 09:28

      What trash these people are. Wish I could really vent my true feelings !

      Mattewis - 2012-04-25 10:18

      Sick may still be fixable! The fix for this is extermination. The only "constant shock" Schoeman should feel, is when they throw the switch! Hopefully he gets the same prison cell mate Sheldean Human's murderer had!

      Dot Svornak - 2013-03-06 11:55

      Hand this sorry excuse for a mother & father of baby Wade over to me,also this disgracefull unfeeling judge,she was probably high too when she passed sentance what kind of monsters are all three of you.Will show you mob justice you could never imagine.Can't believe trash like all three of you are still on this planet.

  • JohhnyBGood - 2012-04-25 09:00

    How can you do that to a child ? Drugs, is a killer. Poor baby. RIP.

  • Leigh-anne - 2012-04-25 09:24

    Now she is trying to blame the 7 year old. Disgusting they must rot in hell

  • Loo - 2012-04-25 09:25

    Nolan dude .. you and your wife/mother of the baby do not deserve a life . .may you both rot in jail dude .. or even better .. do us a favour and remove yourself from this world please .. I am seriously disgusted with this .. poor baby

  • E=MC2 - 2012-04-25 09:27

    Of all the murders ive read about, this one is the most disgusting!! Just thinking about that poor little boy being abused like that is heartbreaking!

  • Celeste - 2012-04-25 09:37

    This is so sad! :( My baby is 11 months old and i cant imagen anything happening to her! she is my world! RIP ANGEL! If i child cant be save with its parents were in the world can they be?????

  • dave.prinsloo - 2012-04-25 09:46

    this coward is still in denial about the consequences of his actions, but once reality sets in and he cannot psychotically remove himself from his actions any more, he should be a good suicide candidate. Let's hope for that.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-25 09:50

    Hang them

      Gloria - 2012-04-25 10:01

      They are such sick f@@@ers. Wish we had the death penalty. They used drugs, the baby cried for his milk and was beaten to death. He was an obstacle in their sick effen lifes. Dammit , I dont have words. Hope this will haunt them for the rest of their lifes. That baby could not even defend himself or call anyone for help. F@@k man, now they want to blame the 9 year old! That idiot and his tart needs 10 min with a real man who can moer them both into a coma. Who beats a baby in the face and give a baby a blue eye! Murderers!

      Mandy May - 2013-09-11 14:23

      Burn them

  • AdeleFHM - 2012-04-25 10:16

    That is sick! They are so guilty! Be a man and face your sins, don't blame it on a 7year old. Take responsibility for your shocking actions. Poor little innocent baby. May justice be served, wish we had the death penalty

  • sandra.j.rennie - 2012-04-25 10:17

    Very Sick, have to agree with you Nishaatf. Now they want to blame the other child, who would have been 7 years old at the time. These 2 do not deserve to have children. Hope they get stiff sentences and rot in jail !

  • karenadawkins - 2012-04-25 10:28

    these people are sick and the most common effect of drug use is the ability to lie not only to others but your self and brainwash y our self... you should go to hell for what you did with no remorse because i promise if you don't there are many who will find away to punish you .... Karma is a bitch and deserve nothing less than what your poor little child recieved from a pathetic monsters like your self

  • Jayson - 2012-04-25 11:11

    Nolan. You are the poster boy that depicts scum of the earth. You day will come boetie. Your day will come.

  • Michelle - 2012-04-25 12:48

    i would like 5 minutes alone with each of them....

  • Billy - 2012-04-25 13:07

    ROT IN HELL YOU BASTARDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Billy - 2012-04-25 13:11

    RIP Little Wade, heaven has a safe place for Angels like you.

  • denis.j.moffatt - 2012-08-13 14:36

    Trash. Hang em high.

  • lydia.benkenstein - 2013-03-19 09:54

    Drop the excuses pls! Admit your guilt. Hurting a defenceles child, gross.!

  • Carmen Goument Hubach - 2013-03-19 10:13

    The sad thing is that there are plenty of people out there that don't deserve to be parents while they get blessed with such amazing blessings yet they allow this to happen, while there are people out there that would do anything for a baby!! It Disgusts me!!!!

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