Mon 18 Feb 2013

Baby Wade's parents receive their sentence

  • By Yafit Lazar
  • Last Update: 4 years ago
  • Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Marissa Rudman and her lover Nolan Schoeman receive their sentence after they were convicted of killing their baby, Wade.

In October, the trial was postponed when Schoeman’s advocate, M J Ledwaba, asked for an extension to obtain a probation officer’s report. A month later, Ledwaba said the Legal Aid Board had appointed a psychiatrist to compile a report on Schoeman, but he needed more time until January 2013. The judge was not pleased with the continuous delay but postponed the sentence to February.

In March 2009, two-month old Wade was seriously ill when admitted to the hospital. However, Rudman discharged him against medical advice the next day. A week later, Wade was returned to the hospital in a state of a coma and died four days later from severe head injuries.

During the trial the hospital's medical staff testified that the baby had extensive visible injuries over his face and body, contusions to the left lung likely caused by a direct hard blow, two broken forearms and 22 broken ribs.

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