BABY *RAILEN* CASE HAS RESUMED IN THE HIGH COURT TODAY after a three month postponement. Baby *Railen* had burns over 60% of his body, broken bones, a severely injured lung, and other injuries. The burns were found to have been caused by BOILING WATER. *Railen’s own mother and her now ex boyfriend stand accused of the atrocities that led to his death. The prosecution has now finished their questioning of the mother this morning. MORE DETAILED UPDATE WILL FOLLOW
Today’s detailed trial notes are courtesy of
Women and Men Against Child Abuse :
BABY *RAILEN CASE RESUMES IN THE HIGH COURT TODAY WHERE THE MOTHER AND BOYFRIEND ARE ACCUSED OF HIS UNIMAGINABLE DEATH AND SERIAL ABUSE
What happened today /…
The matter began with a recap of what Accused Number 1(Mother), had said in her evidence. She maintains that she was not aware of the abuse that *Railen was enduring.
*Railen ’s admission into a hospital under the use of a different surname. State Prosecutor Stevin Rubin wanted to clarify whether *Railen ’s admission under the surname “P*****” – the mothers boyfriends surname was something that she was aware of, in that had she and Accused Number 2 (Boyfriend) discussed that the child should be admitted under a different surname.
The Prosecutor maintains this was so that no identification of *Railen as being previously abused could be traced. The mother has told the court that Accused Number 2 explained that he had *Railen admitted under a different surname without the use of his birth certificate was a diversion.
Accused Number 1, the mother maintains that during the time that Railen sustained the femur injury she had been unable to get to the hospital as her youngest child was very clingy at the time. She added that she was still breastfeeding and therefore could not leave the child.
The State was presented with a picture shown around by the mother of the time when* Railen sustained an injury in January 2016, this was to serve as a correction on the previous version that the state has which said *Railen sustained the injury in February. This picture was shown to the court on a device which the mother has kept from the time.
To recap, in March, the mother told the court that there was photographic evidence which she could present to the court to substantiate her claim that the Dr had got the timing of the injury wrong.
The prosecutor was following the line of questioning that was presented by the accused’s attorney earlier on in the trail in which he put to the accused “You recall a question was asked by Mr Coetzee that he asked that if a child was to arrive at the hospital without its biological parent there would be an issue with getting the child treated. Do you recall?”
In spite of having spent over 5 months in trial this matter has had a new turn in the case where new evidence was brought to the attention of the court by Accused Number 1 (Mother).
The vital piece of evidence being a confession in the form of a WhatsApp message which the accused claims she sent a screen grab to her attorney. This was never put forward to the court until today? Accused Number 1 has deliberately withheld this information and could not answer why when questioned by both the state and the defence.
Accused Number 2’s Advocate took the questioning in an opposite direction where he accused the mother of making contact with her boyfriend. She kept denying this, saying he made the first contact and that it was put in the court order, that neither party were to contact one another.
Accused Number 2 says he has evidence that confirms the mother made contact first as she asked his family for his cell phone number. The defence argued that she is indeed fabricating stories to take the blame off herself and have Accused Number 2 falsely implicated in the hope that the case against her will go away!
The Matter will continue tomorrow to allow for Accused Number 1’s Defence.