Mother arrested for murdering own child

The accused’s court appearance stems from an incident in which her one-month-old baby was found on the river banks by a passer-by recently.

25-year-old Mimi Mokoena was remanded in police custody in order to secure legal representation. Mokoena appeared in the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrates’ Court on charges of murder, perjury and obstructing / defeating the ends of justice.

The accused’s court appearance stems from an incident in which her one-month-old baby was found on the river banks by a passer-by recently.

That was after Mokoena lied and summoned the police to her place and ultimately registered a case of kidnapping. According to the reports, Mokoena informed the police that two unknown men armed with a firearm and panga, forcefully gained entrance into her shack at Itsoseng Phase 2, in Hebron at about 19:00 on Saturday, 26 June 2021, and demanded to see her boyfriend.

he told police two unknown men, armed with a firearm and panga, forcefully gained entry to her shack at Itsoseng Phase 2, in Hebron, at about 7pm on Saturday, demanding to see her boyfriend.

She claimed she had told them that he was not home.

“[She alleged] the men instructed her to seal her and her baby’s mouths with Sellotape and ultimately [they] fled from the scene with the baby,” said Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone.

he told police two unknown men, armed with a firearm and panga, forcefully gained entry to her shack at Itsoseng Phase 2, in Hebron, at about 7pm on Saturday, demanding to see her boyfriend.

As investigations continued the mother was again questioned. It was then that she admitted to killing the baby. “As a result, she was arrested and charged with murder, perjury and obstructing or defeating the ends of justice,” Mokgwabone said.

North West police commissioner Lt-Gen Sello Kwena welcomed the arrest, saying he hoped it would send a clear message that the police will not hesitate to take action against those who register false cases as that is tantamount to abusing much-needed state resources.

Letlhogonolo Mosete

Editor

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