Baby Wade's parents guilty of murder

Nolan Schoeman and partner Marissa Rudman were found guilty of murdering baby Wade.

Baby Wade's parents Marissa Rudman and Nolan Schoeman in the North Gauteng High Court. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

PRETORIA - Nolan Schoeman and his former partner Marissa Rudman have been found guilty of the 2009 murder of baby Wade.

Judge Cynthia Pretorius delivered her judgment in the North Gauteng High Court on Monday.

She found that Schoeman punched baby Wade hard on the head and Rudman did nothing about it, despite being aware of the abuse.

Evidence showed that the two-month-old baby sustained serious trauma to his head and chest.

The infant also sustained 22 rib fractures during an earlier incident.

Pretorius said evidence against Schoeman and Rudman was overwhelming.

Rudman sobbed in court as the judge summarised the injuries baby Wade sustained shortly before his death.

The parents will be sentenced later in 2012.