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Mother accused of murder pleads for mercy



Judge Mdalana-Mayisela postponed the Swartbooi case

Judge Mdalana-Mayisela postponed the Swartbooi case to August 18 for sentencing following the appearance of Joanne Swartbooi in the Johannesburg High Court. Swartbooi, a mother of three from Eden Park, had previously pleaded guilty to charges of murder and defeating the ends of justice. The court proceedings on June 13 and 15 included testimony from social worker Precious Sibisi, probation officer Nkateko Mabuyangwa, and Swartbooi herself.

During the court session, Sibisi presented her report, highlighting that Swartbooi described her relationship with the deceased, Timothy Jacobs, as toxic and abusive. She stated that although the abuse subsided temporarily, it occurred occasionally throughout their 12-year relationship. Mabuyangwa’s report focused on the impact of the crime on the deceased’s family, noting that Swartbooi’s actions had left a significant void and deprived the family of closure.

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Swartbooi took the stand and expressed remorse for her actions, apologising to the deceased’s family and the community. She also shared her experiences of abuse within the relationship, including incidents of physical assault and emotional abuse. Swartbooi explained that fear and a desire to avoid imprisonment drove her actions.

The State subsequently concluded its case, and Judge Mdalana-Mayisela postponed the matter to August 18 for sentencing. Swartbooi remains in custody, awaiting the court’s decision.


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