The State reiterates that the safety of the two children remains the sole responsibility of the grandparent
A KIMBERLEY mother accused of attempting to murder her two young sons by setting a car alight while the two boys were inside, will be allowed to return to her parental home after the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court yesterday granted an application to have her bail conditions relaxed.
The 35-year-old woman, who is a former police official, appeared in court yesterday on two charges of attempted murder following an incident in Diskobolos on March 10 2018, when she allegedly set a vehicle alight while her two sons, aged six and 10, were inside the vehicle.
She was arrested on May 29 2018 and subsequently released on
R2 000 bail.
The woman, who may not be identified so as to protect the identity of the two minors, also faces a theft charge after allegedly stealing a laptop from the SAPS, where she was employed at the time, in 2016.
State prosecutor Sipho Lalane stated yesterday that after consultation with the investigating officer (IO), and looking at the circumstances of the case, an agreement was reached with the defence with regard to the relaxation of bail conditions.
“She can return to her parental home but all other bail conditions remain. However, the State reiterates that the safety of the two children remains the sole responsibility of the grandparent,” Lalane stated.
The woman’s legal representative, Jesse Clarke, confirmed the request for bail conditions to be relaxed, as agreed by the State.
Magistrate Cordelia Kgopa granted the application for the bail conditions to be relaxed and the woman will be able to return to her parental home, but emphasised that all other bail conditions remain. This includes an order that the two children remain in the custody of their grandmother.
After Kgopa granted the application, two female family members supporting the accused loudly exclaimed “thank you Jesus” from the gallery.
The matter was postponed to next year when trial is expected to commence.
Lalane indicated that the State intended on calling nine to 10 witnesses (including the two children), while Clarke indicated that the defence would be calling the accused as well as a further two witnesses during the trial.