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Killer CTown mom gets 20 years

By Sapa | Nov 12, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 10 ]

A woman was jailed for 20 years on Monday by the Western Cape High Court for suffocating her two-year-old son.

Zulpha Jacobs, 30, swaddled in black robes and head scarf, sat in the dock weeping as her plea and sentencing agreement were read out in court.

She confessed to killing Mogamat Taariq Jacobs in Mitchells Plain on December 29 last year and obstructing the ends of justice by falsely reporting his disappearance to police after the murder.

His body was found among bushes on dunes behind the Imperial Primary School in Beacon Valley, on December 31.

The court heard that Jacobs had separated from her husband and was staying with a friend, Shareen Damon in Beacon Valley, at the time.

On the morning in question, the little boy was crying because he wanted porridge. Jacobs shouted at him and told him there was no porridge.

Damon then heard her tell the boy: "I wish you can go out my life. You make my life miserable. Ek maak jou sommer vrek (I will just kill you)."

Jacobs and the boy left the house shortly afterwards and walked to the bushes near Riley road, where she knew she was going to kill him.

She then pushed his face into the sand until he stopped breathing and moving. Jacobs covered his body with a jacket and his feet with newspaper.

He was reported as missing at Mitchells Plain police station.

The mother sobbed loudly in court and rested her head on her arms.

Both Jacobs' family members and those of her estranged husband Walied Jacobs also broke down in court.

She was given 20 years in jail for the premeditated murder and two years for obstructing justice. The sentences will run concurrently.

The minimum sentence for the crime is normally life imprisonment, unless mitigating circumstances can be proven.

In determining the sentence, the court kept in mind that the little boy was defenceless and trusted his mother to keep him safe.

In Jacobs' favour was that she was young, a first offender and had no previous convictions. At the time of the murder, she was the primary caregiver and reliant on the goodwill of friends and family for the boy's care.

The State believed she was capable of rehabilitation and it was highly improbable that similar crimes would be committed in the future.

She killed the boy because she was overwhelmed by her situation and believed she would send the boy to a "better place".

Before Jacobs was led out, her defence team read out a letter she had written in which she apologised for her actions and taking the easy way out.

"I have not forgiven myself for hurting him... I hope you will find it in your heart to forgive me," she said in the letter.

She asked as a last wish that both families forgive each other and move on with their lives.

When the letter was finished, two policewomen lifted Jacobs' robes to chain her ankles and led her out the courtroom.

 

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Mental health in SA is at an all time low.

Nov 13, 2012 7:11 | 0 replies

So sad, I can imagine that child kicking and wriggling before his last breath. What a cruel woman! Her sould will never find peace!

Nov 13, 2012 11:25 | 0 replies

She asked as a last wish that both families forgive each other and move on with their lives.
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the child belongs to Jehova not two families, I think both families are full of drunkards who feel no pain but only think of liquor.

Nov 13, 2012 12:34 | 0 replies

20 years is good and she must work in prison creche and look after the kids there, she must feel the pain of raising kids which are not hers that facken swine.

Nov 13, 2012 12:31 | 0 replies

The sentence is too lenient for the crime committed here!!!!

Nov 13, 2012 8:11 | 0 replies

This is some scary sh!t ,woman i dont condone what you did ,but nobody knows or knew ur situation.

Cry our beloved Country ......


@malemaforpres- I agree

Nov 13, 2012 7:59 | 0 replies

Who ever think the death penalty will never bring a solution to the madness in this country is brainless

Nov 13, 2012 7:52 | 0 replies

WEB TEAM: NOT ONLY WERE COMMENT BLOCKED ON THE ARTICLE ABOUT THE MURDERED LESBIANS, BUT THE ARTICLE ITSELF HAS MYSTERIOUSLY VANISHED FROM THE FRONT PAGE. HAS JIMI MATTHEWS STARTED WORKING FOR YOU? HOW ELSE EXPLAIN THIS INANE SELF-CENSORSHIP?

Nov 13, 2012 7:45 | 0 replies

"overwhelmed by her situation" - Oh please. Isn't the bulk of South Africa?

Nov 13, 2012 7:34 | 0 replies

im speechless how come you kill your own blood and this woman deserve this

Nov 14, 2012 12:47 | 0 replies