Cape Town – Two mothers found guilty of allowing gangsters to rape and torture their two-year-old daughter stunned the Parow Regional Court when they asked to pay a R5,000 fine in lieu of jail time .
The toddler’s mother, nicknamed Baby Nadia, wept in the dock when she told the magistrate that she did not want to go to jail but was willing to pay a fine of up to R10 000 for her crimes.
After more than two years on trial, the 27-year-old woman, who cannot be named to protect her child’s identity, was found guilty along with her boyfriend, Ursula Paste, 32, after the child came out of a drug den in 2019. had been saved.
The discovery by Debbie van Rensburg, 56, and her son Cisco, 27, caused a stir in the Eureka Estate community when it was revealed that the girl had been raped, her genitals burned, her tiny body bitten and her hair cut off.
The duo returned to court yesterday for criminal proceedings.
Ursula Paste asked the court to “get ready(finish with the case) and said she could pay a fine of R5000.
The mother of five sobbed in the dock, saying her children were suffering.
“I want to pay a R5,000 fine if I can’t serve a sentence outside of prison,” Paste said.
“I want the court” get ready with me because I’m tired of this business and need to be strong for my family who care about me.
“I’ve been in prison for two years and five months and I’m tired. My oldest son has started drinking and smoking dagga while I am here.
“I agreed I was negligent, but I didn’t see the child being abused and just gave that child a place to sleep.”
In her testimony, Baby Nadia’s mother said her family could also pay between R5,000 and R10,000 for her release.
She told the court that in prison she stopped using tik and was done with drugs.
“There are drugs there (in prison) but I told myself it’s not for me.
“My family will pay R5,000 or R10 000 if I am fined. I feel hurt that someone wants to adopt my daughter while I am here.”
This after Debbie asked social workers if she could adopt and raise the baby.
Baby Nadia is currently being cared for in a children’s home.
The defense lawyer said both accused had shown remorse for their actions and asked the court to consider fined them €5,000 or sentence them to up to five years in prison.
However, the prosecutor demanded a minimum of 10 years in prison because the toddler had suffered.
He also read out Debbie’s victim impact assessment, which described the mother as “cruel.”