Suspended sentence after mother seriously assaults own son


A 40-year-old mother was sentenced to six years imprisonment in the Carnarvon Regional Court on Thursday for the brutal assault on her 12-year-old son.

According to Lt. Col. Sergio Kock, spokesperson for the police, in September last year around 21:00 she accused her son of stealing money from his stepfather, after which she seriously assaulted him.

“The boy suffered wounds to his face and body and collapsed due to the assault. The mother only stopped when his aunt finally intervened.

“The 12-year-old had to be hospitalized and his mother was arrested moments later. The boy was also later removed from his mother’s care and placed under the foster care of his aunt by social workers,” says Kock.

The mother was found guilty of assault with intent to seriously injure and sentenced to six years imprisonment. However, it was suspended for five years.

The culprit’s name was also recorded in the National Register for Child Protection and she was declared incompetent to possess a firearm.

The police expressed their gratitude to Deputy Warrant Officer Floris Fritz, of the Carnarvon Domestic Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offenses Unit, for his careful investigation of the case.