Mother who allegedly murdered baby out on bail

The Garankuwa Magistrates Court granted a 28-year-old mother accused of killing her baby and abandoning her body in a river, R500 bail

Miemie Mokoena, appeared in court for a formal bail application on Monday.

“The state did not oppose bail owing to the accused being cooperative and also having a fixed address. The investigating officer, through an affidavit, declared the accused not to be a flight risk,” said National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson, Henry Mamothame.

Mokoena (28) called the police to her home in Itsoseng phase 2, near Hebron on 26 June 2021 and registered a case of kidnapping. She allegedly told the police that two men armed with a knife and a firearm attacked her in her shack and took her baby away. The two were allegedly looking for her lover.

“Preliminary police reports revealed that on 27 June 2021, a young girl walking past a small river in Hebron, spotted a lifeless body of an infant floating in the water. She reported the matter to members of the community, who later alerted the police. Upon conducting an intensive investigation, police went to interrogate Mokoena and she confessed to committing the crime. She is being charged for murder, perjury and defeating the ends of justice,” he said.

The case was postponed to 11 August 2021 for further investigations.