Cape Town - A microscopic examination of Jeremiah Ruiter's brain indicated that it was too small for 18 months, weighing 9.6g.
On Thursday, the Western Cape High Court heard a continuation of forensic pathologist Dr Marna du Plessis’s testimony in the trial of Ameerudien Peters and Abigail Ruiters.
Peters is the boyfriend of Ruiters, Jeremiah’s mother.
Jeremiah was murdered in Factreton in 2017. It is the State’s case that he was raped, beaten and stabbed by Peters. The abuse occurred over a period of time. Ruiters is on trial for child neglect. Du Plessis said there were multiple areas of bleeding sighted in Jeremiah’s brain.
“The brain is covered by three membranes. There was bleeding below the second membrane situated on top of the brain. There are focal areas of bleeding and multiple distinct areas of bleeding,” she said.