Woman gets life sentence for cutting out unborn baby

2014-09-27 21:20

Johannesburg - A woman convicted of murder for cutting an unborn baby out of an expectant mother's womb has been sentenced to life in prison, the Saturday Star reported.

Loretta Cook, aged 32, was sentenced at the High Court in Johannesburg sitting in Palm Ridge on Friday.

Judge Lucy Mailula said Cook could have adopted a child if she so desired but instead chose to lure a heavily pregnant Valencia Behrens to her house in January 2012 and cut her stomach open to steal her baby.

Cook had been faking her own pregnancy at the time.

"It would have been easier to go the adoption route than kill [Valencia] Behrens in such a horrendous way," she said.

Cook pleaded not guilty to the murder and claimed she did not remember the incident. Mailula, however, said amnesia could not be used as a defence and that Cook had been examined by psychologists who said there was no evidence of mental illness.

"It is not clear if Behrens was anaesthetised but she must have been in extreme pain to have her stomach cut and her womb removed. She was dumped outside and the bin moved nearer to the kitchen, obviously to put her inside... She was treated like rubbish," Mailula said.

Cook was also charged with the attempted murder of Behrens' child who survived.

However, she was not convicted of this as the judge said it was evident Cook wanted to keep the baby alive.

  • Samkelo Ernest - 2014-09-27 22:02

    she must rought in the

      carmen.tatumm - 2014-09-28 14:04

      Huh?!!! • ; •

  • Judy Mathule Ntsoane - 2014-09-27 22:08

    justice served

  • Sello Nocturnal - 2014-09-27 22:08

    How can one be so evil

  • Sphe Ndlovu - 2014-09-27 22:19

    That is just sick!!!

  • Gezani Robert - 2014-09-27 22:25

    she deserve life sentence time four

      Siyabonga Khombulwandle - 2014-09-27 23:11

      she dezerve to be stoned to death

  • Armistice Alroid de Leeuw - 2014-09-27 23:40

    What do call this? Sick,mad, pshyciatric or what?

  • Hulisani Nefale Dimanashango - 2014-09-27 23:47

    The death sentence must be brought back for dangerous, mindless barbarians like this one, life imprisonment is not enough because in less than 25 years she is going to be released because of some medical reasons

  • Boitumelo Joy Twinsista Sehlata - 2014-09-27 23:55

    tjo, people can b cruel and greedy.

  • Loki Ephyy - 2014-09-28 00:00

    Surely, Christ is coming very soon, human beings have become animals.

      Jan van Niekerk - 2014-09-28 20:52

      Yes, and who will be able to stand?

  • Machel Siboniso - 2014-09-28 00:25

    Something from a horror movie not in mzansi, What is wrong with our society?

  • Rich Daniel Sibanda - 2014-09-28 00:49

    Mmmm its a pity seems all the whites talking about barbaric uneducated abortion perfoming blacks are no where to comment in this white educated womb cutting jail bird

      adrian.wendler - 2014-09-28 05:03

      @sibanda. Sorry ahole, she's black. Google her name.

      tracyjune - 2014-09-28 07:03

      wow. how is that for stereotyping. a woman lost her life in the most barbaric, savage & cruel way and an innocent little child has lost their mother. we should focus on that.

      nandipha.pepu - 2014-09-28 08:00

      Not completely white: Coloured. She might be White and Indian; white and African, white and Chinese, white and Coloured, African and Chinese, Indian and Chinese, etc.

      roslyndavidrose - 2014-09-28 08:47

      Strange that you looked at colour instead of the crime. Does that make it any less awful?

  • Vusi Kevin - 2014-09-28 05:19

    I thought whites are holly as they want us african people to blv in that

      adrian.wendler - 2014-09-28 05:31

      Sorry to disappoint Kevin, but she's black. Your point was?

      nandipha.pepu - 2014-09-28 08:01

      Coloured. She might be White and Indian; white and African, white and Chinese, white and Coloured, African and Chinese, Indian and Chinese, etc.

  • Tetelo Mmuroa - 2014-09-28 05:27

    She deserves 5 life sentence nt one , what she did is cruel, painful n disturbing

  • adrian.wendler - 2014-09-28 06:01

    What are you smoking Raymond? Idiot

  • Thusoetsile Sandawana Kby Gaseemelwe - 2014-09-28 06:20

    I solely blame Mfundi Vundla and soon to be extinct Generation for this...via #Dineo storyline. R.I.P mother

  • Bongani Hlongwa - 2014-09-28 06:29

    What cruelty! She does not deserve a life sentence, she really deserve a death sentence. Its a pity that some smart jokes, who are out of touch with realty and lack any empathy within themselves, so it fit to abolish the death penalty without consulting us and are refusing to hold a referendum on this subject; yet they have no solution to diScourage these senseless murders. We tell them daily that they must bring it back because it will help us to rid our society of these murderous monsters, but their IQs which is less than that of a child tell them to refuse our request, and hence the continuing butchering of our people. Bring back the death penalty and the murders will stop.

  • Bulelani Ranuga - 2014-09-28 06:32'on guys...lorreta Cook is black...but anyway,even if she was green,she wld be still evil maan

      adrian.wendler - 2014-09-28 06:42


      nandipha.pepu - 2014-09-28 08:02

      U don't know that for sure, possibly Coloured. She might be White and Indian; white and African, white and Chinese, white and Coloured, African and Chinese, Indian and Chinese, etc.

      roslyndavidrose - 2014-09-28 08:48

      I agree. Evil has no colour

  • Thembinkosi Mkhwanazi - 2014-09-28 06:37

    she s a slut and whore..i wish i can meet her so i can put 5 bullets on her head

      roslyndavidrose - 2014-09-28 08:48

      And that would make you a murderer. Two wrongs never make it right

      Jan van Niekerk - 2014-09-28 20:54

      I nominate Thembinkosi Mkhwanazi as the Lord High Executioner. His use of bullets may be excessive, but he is clearly committed to doing a thorough job.

  • Nozipho Mayihlome - 2014-09-28 06:53

    the crazy woman is coloured not black good ppl...i find her deeds extremely evil to say the list,why is tht everyone who does horrendous crimes always wnt to claim being nuts like oscar?????

      Caitlin Snaill - 2014-09-28 07:47

      Indians,chinese,pakistans,somalians etc,dey are all black lol in this new south-africa

  • Frank C Cruz - 2014-09-28 06:58

    I fail to understand why they are keeping this evil jezebel alive!!! Spending tax payers money on this beast for 25years is a total waste! These kind of animals *no, animals are even better off then these devils from pit of hell* should be given same kind of treatment they gave to the innocent victims! I think that all this heartless killers will think 10 good times before committing this kind of crime, if death sentence is passed on violent crime like this, there will be less of violent crimes *my opinion*

  • Caitlin Snaill - 2014-09-28 07:34

    After 20 yrs of democracy there are still ppl whom are worried abt race,this was an evil Work someone's lyf was cut short no need to throw some tantum comments abt whites after all every1 iz black in S.A.

  • louise.barlow.792 - 2014-09-28 07:43

    Good grief, that's evil, she doesn't deserve to live.

      sthembize.zulu - 2014-09-28 08:47

      Moenie oordeel nie so dat julle nie oordeel mag word, want met met die oordeel waarmee julle oordeel sal weer vir julle geoordeel wees

      Jan van Niekerk - 2014-09-28 20:55

      Mageba, volgens jou goedkeuring van hierdie moord sal jy geoordeel word. Pleks jy stilgebly het. Wat nou?

  • roslyndavidrose - 2014-09-28 08:46

    It's even more frightening if this woman is supposedly sane! Who in their right mind can do such a thing

  • Rui Obed Muchenga - 2014-09-28 11:40

    Jeeeeez is she muslim? Ow that figures. Am out.

  • Bongani Hlongwa - 2014-09-28 12:13

    At the mentioning of 'the death penalty', murderers, rapists and violent criminals cringe. Come on lawmakers, what more do you want? The writing is on the wall: Violent criminals are scared of pain, if it is to be inflicted on them; let alone the death penalty, they would rather behave as angels; they love their sordid useless lives and they don't want their lives to be uncemoniously ended. I guess they don't want to meet their evil master, the devil who dictate to them to perpetrate evil deeds. Reinstate the death penalty and to everybody's happiness, we'll no longer hear of these heartless deeds as the one committed by this evil woman.

  • Dennis van Aarde - 2014-09-28 14:25

    Serves her right to

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