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Dina Rodrigues, pictured, did not flinch yesterday as a Cape high court judge pronounced her and her four co-accused guilty of the murder of baby Jordan-Leigh Norton.
She stared straight ahead, apparently emotionless, as Judge Basheer Waglay said, even though she only planned the June 2005 killing, she was as guilty as the men she hired to carry it out.
But there was a very different reaction - a burst of applause, and shouts of "yes" - from the packed public gallery in Courtroom One.
As she and her co-accused left the dock, Rodrigues leaned over to touch the outstretched hand of her brother Orlando, but was abruptly pushed back by a court orderly.
Outside the court building scores of supporters cheered and hugged the Norton family as they emerged from the hearing.
Family spokesman, Jordan's grandfather Vernon Norton, said: "We are glad about the decision. We just think that she's a scheming wicked woman and she should be put away for life."
Her co-accused Sipho Mfazwe, Mongezi Bobotyane, Zanethemba Gwada and Bonginkosi Sigenu, should also suffer "the full brunt of the law".
"I think this evening we will sleep well," Norton said.
The judge postponed the case to June 4 for sentencing.
Waglay took three days to deliver his 150-page judgment, which had to be interpreted into Xhosa for the benefit of the four men in the dock.
He dismissed a conspiracy to murder charge, saying a conviction would be a duplication of the murder charge.
But he found them all guilty of murder, the four men guilty of robbery, and Mfazwe guilty of the unlawful possession of a firearm taken from the house.
He dismissed a charge of intimidation against Rodrigues, saying there was not enough evidence to show she had sent threatening SMS messages to her ex-boyfriend Neil Wilson.
Wilson had fathered Jordan in a previous relationship with Natasha Norton, and testified in court that Rodrigues was upset and apparently jealous when she found out.
Waglay said that Rodrigues told Wilson immediately after the murder that his baby was dead and that she had "paid R10000 to make it go away".
Later, she said to him "what have I done, I'm going to jail".
"The only inference that can be drawn from this statement is that she paid R10000 to have baby Jordan killed and knew what she had done was wrong," Waglay said.
Waglay found that Bobotyane was the person who actually stabbed six-month-old baby Jordan in the neck, causing her death.
Western Cape community safety MEC Leonard Ramatlakane welcomed the verdict, saying the court was sending the correct message to those who disregarded the value of life, in particular that of children. - Sapa