Magistrate stated that that it was prejudicial for the justice system to keep murder accused in jail
BARKLY WEST A man, who has been charged with the murder of a seven-month-old baby, was yesterday released on bail of R500 by the Barkly West Magistrate’s Court.
Emmanuel Welcome was arrested, along with the mother of the baby, on October 1 after the baby’s body was found inside a shanty which the two accused shared with another friend in Mataleng.
Welcome brought an application of bail on new facts in the Windsorton Magistrate’s Court, stating that a delay in the allocation of a bed for the psychiatric evaluation of the mother of the baby had resulted in him being detained for a long period.
Magistrate Sharona Naledi said it was prejudicial for the justice system to keep Welcome in custody.
Welcome’s lawyer said the delay was unreasonable as the matter had been on the roll for almost a year.
The matter was postponed for the outcome on the availability of the psychiatric bed for the mother of the baby.