Poppie's mom, stepdad in court after his suicide attempt

2017-01-25 18:30
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Brits – The case against Poppie van der Merwe’s mother and stepfather will be heard in the High Court in Pretoria as soon as the investigation into them is concluded.

Prosecutor Hanna Conradie told the Brits Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday that the National Director of Public Prosecutions had ordered that the case be heard there, Netwerk24 reported.

Kobus and Louisa Koekemoer were arrested after three-year-old Poppie died on a farm near Mamogaleskraal, outside Brits, in October last year.

The case was only called after 11:00 on Wednesday because Kobus Koekemoer had to be brought in from hospital after he allegedly tried to commit suicide last week.

- Read the article here: Poppie's stepdad tries to commit suicide

He arrived barefoot and with his ankles shackled. His head was shaven. It was the first time the couple were in the dock together.

Kobus was arrested after Poppie was declared dead in Brits Hospital on October 25.

Louisa alleged he kicked her to death and was aggressive towards her and the children. He was refused bail.

Louisa was arrested on December 15 after a post-mortem indicated that Poppie died from a severe brain haemorrhage caused by a blunt object. Police arrested her when she told police a different version of what had happened. She was also refused bail.

The case was postponed to February 21. 

Kobus and Louisa Koekemoer in the dock in the Brits Magistrate's court. (Deaan Vivier, Netwerk24)

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