This evidence, revealed on Monday in the Western Cape High Court, is part of a post-mortem report explained in detail by pathologist Dr Marna du Plessis. She testified in the trial of Ameerudien Peters, 26, who is facing charges of rape and murder while the boy’s mother, Abigail Ruiters, is on trial for child neglect.
According to the report the toddler died on June 12, 2017, as a result of blunt force trauma to his spine, a cracked skull, broken ribs, injuries to his internal organs and bite marks all over his body.
Judge Monde Samela twice had to adjourn the proceedings when the mother sobbed uncontrollably while listening to the evidence presented by Du Plessis.
Ruiters’s legal representative, Yasmin Rajab, told the court that she had explained to her client the evidence was extremely hurtful.