Woman in court for mur­der of lover’s grand­son

The Herald (South Africa) - - NEWS - Devon Koen koend@ti­soblack­star.co.za

A WOMAN – ac­cused of mur­der­ing her lover’s three-year- old grand­son – has ap­peared in a Port El­iz­a­beth court.

Lu­cri­cia Con­nel­ley, 30, of Booy­sen Park, is ac­cused of mur­der­ing lit­tle Ash­win Moses of Chatty, the grand­son of her boyfriend, Neil Moses.

It is al­leged that when Moses re­turned to his home in Chatty Ex­ten­sion 11 on Thurs­day evening last week, his grand­son was miss­ing.

The fol­low­ing day, Ash­win’s body was found in bushes a few me­tres from the fam­ily home, po­lice spokesman War­rant Of­fi­cer Al­win La­bans said.

“The child ap­peared to have been stran­gled,” he said.

Af­ter Con­nel­ley was ques­tioned by po­lice at the week­end, she was ar­rested.

She first ap­peared in court on Mon­day for the child’s mur­der, but the case was trans­ferred to a dif­fer­ent court for a for­mal bail ap­pli­ca­tion.

On Tues­day, Con­nel­ley ap­peared be­fore mag­is­trate San­jani Naidoo and in­di­cated she in­tended to plead guilty and aban­don her bail ap­pli­ca­tion.

How­ever, in an about-turn yes­ter­day, Con­nel­ley said she was not prop­erly con­sulted by her Le­gal Aid lawyer, and told the court she in­tended ap­ply­ing for bail again.

Ap­pear­ing in court be­fore Naidoo again, a tear­ful Con­nel­ley clutched a bag slung over her shoul­der, while wip­ing her eyes.

Through a Le­gal Aid rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Con­nel­ley said she would plead not guilty to the mur­der charge, be­cause she would not ad­mit to all the ev­i­dence against her.

Court records show that she had been charged with mur­der through an act of pre­med­i­ta­tion – which she now con­tests.

Her for­mal bail ap­pli­ca­tion will be heard on De­cem­ber 14.

Pic­ture: AFP/TED ALJIBE

MAK­ING FRIENDS: Newly crowned Miss Uni­verse, South African Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, gives a high-five to a lit­tle girl from an or­phan­age dur­ing a visit to a fast food restau­rant in Manila, the cap­i­tal of the Philip­pines, yes­ter­day. Nel-Peters and other Miss Uni­verse pageant con­tes­tants are in Manila for a visit af­ter the con­test in Las Ve­gas

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