Pretoria – A 28-year-old mother accused of murdering her three-week-old baby told the High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday she was not mentally unstable.
Juanita Fourie, whose surname appears as Oldewage on the charge sheet, said she would not have been able to run a bottle store six days a week if she had been unstable.
She co-owned the Port Elizabeth business and was using the profits to pay her lawyer, she said.
Fourie told the court she was divorcing her co-accused Christiaan Oldewage, and was now using the surname Fourie.
Fourie and her husband are accused of abusing and murdering Fourie’s three-week-old baby Christiaan.
The baby died from multiple injuries in the Montana Hospital, in the north of Pretoria, hours after being admitted on December 13, 2011.
The baby had a fractured skull and multiple broken ribs.
The State on Wednesday asked the court to withdraw Fourie’s bail and refer her to a psychiatric hospital for observation.
This was after Fourie failed to turn up for her trial on Monday.
Her legal representative Carlo Viljoen told the court