Poppie's mother denied bail

2016-12-19 22:26
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Brits - Louisa Koekemoer, the mother charged with murdering her three-year-old daughter Poppie van der Merwe, was denied bail on Monday.

Magistrate Jethro Mosime said he refused to grant the 45-year-old bail for two reasons: For her own safety, and because she was a flight risk, Netwerk24 reported.

"The photos that the hospital took of Poppie directly after her death show multiple injuries to her body. The accused must have seen the child's injuries.

"The (law relating to children) compels any person to report abuse. It appears the mother was aware of the abuse of the deceased. Although at this stage there is no direct evidence linking her to the murder, the court must take into account how the child died and that she knew about the injuries. This implicates her."

He said that she still had R41 000 available in the bank from her divorce settlement; that her rent was R5 000 per month and that she looked after her mother who lived with her.

"That money is only going to last about eight months. What happens then? The accused then has nothing keeping her here," Mosime said.

"If the court grants bail, will the community still have trust in the court?"

He said Koekemoer, via social media, told of how she had been threatened.

Not in the interest of justice

"Her safety isn't assured. The court finds it is not in the interest of justice to release her on bail."

People in the public gallery cheered loudly when he announced his decision.

Koekemoer had argued that she never lifted a hand to her daughter.

According to her, her husband was the aggressive one who assaulted her children.

Koekemoer was arrested on Thursday.

Poppie's stepfather, Willem Kobus Koekemoer, 43, was arrested last month in connection with her murder.

Read more on:    louisa koekemoer  |  pretoria  |  crime  |  child abuse

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