Mother accused of murdering her child granted bail

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The Nigel Magistrates’ Court, granted bail to a 37-year-old mother from Dunnottar in Nigel. She is facing a charge of premeditated murder and attempted murder, for allegedly killing her 16-year-old son, by giving him poison. 

It is alleged that on 06 June 2022, the mother poisoned her two minor children, a 7 years-old girl and a 16-years-old boy, after she was scammed with a large amount of money. After giving them poison, it is alleged that she drove with them towards Free State Province, and when they got to Frankfort in Free State, the children started falling ill, she then took them to the nearest hospital.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Regional Spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana said upon arrival, the boy child passed on and the girl was admitted and has been in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) since then.

“When the doctor realised that the children were poisoned, he called the police, who interviewed the accused. The accused mother admitted to poisoning the children, because she was scammed with a large amount of money, and had no means to take care of the children, even to pay school fees”.

She was then arrested and transferred to Nigel where the offence took place. “When police went to her place, a Tupperware container containing poison was found in the kitchen. She told the court, that she intended to plead not guilty to the charges preferred against her”. The matter is postponed to 24 August 2022 for further investigation. 

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