Mom ac­cused of try­ing to kill her chil­dren in court

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A KIM­BER­LEY mother ac­cused of at­tempt­ing to mur­der her two sons by set­ting a car alight while the two boys were inside, has re­quested that her bail con­di­tions be re­laxed.

The 35-year-old woman, a for­mer po­lice of­fi­cial, ap­peared in the Kim­ber­ley Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day on two charges of at­tempted mur­der and two charges of child abuse/de­lib­er­ate ne­glect of a child fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent on March 10 2018, when she al­legedly set a ve­hi­cle alight while her two sons, aged six and 10 years, were inside.

She was ar­rested on May 29 2018 and sub­se­quently re­leased on R2 000 bail.

The woman was yes­ter­day wear­ing a bright red, lay­ered chif­fon dress with sparkly gold em­bel­lish­ments and was sup­ported by two fe­male fam­ily mem­bers also dressed in red and gold re­galia. While wait­ing for the ac­cused to be called, the three woman stood in the court cor­ri­dors and pro­claimed to passers-by who com­mented on their red out­fits that they were “cov­ered in the blood of Je­sus”, while also singing church hymns re­fer­ring to “the blood of Je­sus”.

The ac­cused, who is also facing a charge of theft stem­ming from a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent, ap­peared ag­i­tated while ap­pear­ing be­fore Mag­is­trate Cordelia Kgopa and could be seen ner­vously tap­ping on the ac­cused’s dock.

Kgopa post­poned the mat­ter to next month for a se­nior pros­e­cu­tion de­ci­sion after the woman’s lawyer, Mario Wil­liams, re­quested a post­pone­ment for dis­cus­sions about the pos­si­ble re­lax­ation of his client’s bail con­di­tions.

The State pros­e­cu­tor, Vic­tor Thetele, added that the post­pone­ment would also serve as time to as­cer­tain who will pros­e­cute the mat­ter.

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