Baby killing accused for mental check-up
THE woman accused of murdering her daughter has been referred to Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital on the West Rand for mental evaluation.
Lesego Sello, 19, of Kagiso, appeared before magistrate Maria Malete in the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court yesterday.
Sello is facing a murder charge after allegedly butchering her 1-year-old daughter Basetsana on May 26.
Prosecutor Given Mbedzi told the court that there were no beds readily available for Sello at Sterkfontein since her last appearance earlier this month.
"The bed is available now and two psychiatrists will observe her. The state will be waiting for her assessment on July 19."
Malete told Sello, who looked relaxed, to cooperate with the psychiatrists .
"All the court is asking for is that you give full cooperation to the doctors that will be assessing you.
"We'll see you again on the (July) 26th and this court is of the view that the (mental assessment) report will be ready."
Malete said based on the report, the court would then be able to move forward with the case.
"The reason you're going to Sterkfontein is to try and assist you to conduct your case and also to assist the state to conduct their case against you."
Malete said the court was sending her to the institution for a psychiatric evaluation as it was not in a position to decide on her mental state.
Sello, clad in a brown jacket, gloves, jeans and long boots, then picked up her bag with a blanket on top and left for the hospital.
She spent the entire time smiling at family members.
Sello allegedly stabbed her daughter after her boyfriend dropped them off in Kagiso from Randfontein.
Police spokesman Warrant Officer Solomon Sibiya said Sello, who lived with her aunt in Kagiso, called her mother in Toekomsrus and told her what she had done.
Her mother then asked her aunt to check on her and that is when she found the dead baby.