Psychological report delays highway toddler case

2015-01-07 14:24

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Johannesburg - The sentencing of Nyeleti Sithole, who left her toddler son on the side of the N1 freeway, was once again postponed in the Vereeninging Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

The matter was postponed to 29 January as the court was still awaiting a report on her mental observation at Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital in September.

Dressed in a green T-shirt and blue jeans, she was informed through a Xitsonga translator that her case was postponed.

She mumbled softly before sitting down. She looked around the court gallery before she was led down to the holding cells. Before court proceedings began she sat confidently in the dock and chatted to court officials.

This was not the first time her sentencing had been postponed due to the absent report.

Sithole was arrested on 5 April, two days after her 16-month-old son was found wandering along the highway outside Krugersdorp, on the West Rand.

The boy narrowly escaped being hit by a truck while walking along the busy road.

Sithole, who was 19 at the time, pleaded guilty to a charge of child abandonment and attempted murder. She was convicted in July.

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