Nigel magistrates’ court on Monday awarded R5,000 bail to a 37-year-old woman from Dunnottar, near Springs, who is accused of killing her 16-year-old son by administering poison .
According to the National Law Enforcement Agency (NPA), the woman is said to have also attempted to kill her seven-year-old daughter.
“It is alleged that on June 6, 2022 the mother killed her poisoned both children, a seven-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy, after she was cheated out of a large amount of money,” said NPA spokeswoman Lumka Mahanjana Gift drove them towards Free State and when they arrived in Frankfurt, the children started to get sick. She took them to the nearest hospital.
On arrival at the hospital, the boy died. His younger sister was admitted and has been in intensive care ever since.
“When the doctor found that the children had been poisoned, he called the police, who questioned the suspect.”
The Defendant allegedly admitted to poisoning the children because she was cheated out of a large sum of money and had no way of caring for the children or paying school fees.
The woman was arrested and taken to Nigel where she was staying the crime took place.
“When the police went to her apartment, they found a Tupperware container of poison in the kitchen.”
Mahanjana said, the woman told the court that she intended to plead not guilty to the charges.
The matter was adjourned to August 24 for further investigation.
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