Wanted couple face second murder charge

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons (Diego Grez)

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons (Diego Grez)

A Gauteng couple wanted for the murder of their five-month-old baby daughter are still on the run, and a second murder charge has been added to their case.

Recent reports indicate that Stacey-Lee van der Ross, 29, and Junaid Adam-Shaik, 33, accused of murdering their five-month-old baby Alaia, have possibly murdered their second child, three-month-old Amanee, Roodepoort Record reported.

After a postmortem was performed on the second baby girl, the state added a second charge of murder to their charge sheet. The couple allegedly told people both children died after choking. They possibly decided to flee after learning of the second murder charge.

The pair face two charges of murder, assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm and child abuse. They stand accused of severely harming Alaia since her birth on May 11 to her death on October 12, 2012. According to the charge sheet, she was injured on numerous occasions, her injuries including chafe marks and a broken arm. It is believed Amanee, born December 2013, suffered the same fate in March the following year.

Stacey-Lee’s mother, Avril van der Ross, claims to have reported her as missing on Wednesday, February 18, a mere five days before their trial was to start in the Johannesburg High Court on 23 February. The Roodepoort Record is in the process of confirming this report with the Florida Police. On Monday 9, March they again failed to appear in court.

The mother firmly believes Junaid’s parents are helping the couple financially while they are on the run, she told Netwerk24 in March. She told journalist Jana van der Merwe that Stacey-Lee suffered a miscarriage before giving birth to Alaia. She also said her lawyer believed Stacey-Lee had enough medical proof to prove her innocence.

The couple were released on R5 000 bail each. In the meantime, bail has been revoked, and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) told Independent Online warrants of arrest have been issued.

Should you have any information on the couple’s whereabouts or information that could lead to their rearrest, contact Colonel Noxolo Kweza via email at kwezan@saps.gov.za

– Caxton News Service

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