Baby Stiaan case: Stepfather to learn fate

Christiaan Oldewage argued for a lenient sentence stating he's a first time offender.

The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Convicted baby murderer Christiaan Oldewage will on Thursday hear his fate when the North Gauteng High Court hands down his sentence.

Oldewage was also convicted on Wednesday of child abuse which had led to the death of his three-week-old stepson Stiaan, in December 2011.

His co-accused Juanita Fourie committed suicide four months before she could be sentenced.

The court heard that baby Stiaan died in a brutal way with 16 fractured ribs and a shattered skull.

The state asked Judge Bert Bam to impose a life sentence on Oldewage as he showed no remorse for his brutal actions.

Oldewage argued for a lenient sentence, stating he is a first-time offender and has high blood pressure.

But Bam says his medical condition carries no weight for a lenient sentence.

Oldewage has maintained his innocence.

Furthermore, Bam argued baby Stiaan was defenceless when Oldewage attacked him and the aggravating circumstances were overwhelming.

The state has argued that Oldewage showed no remorse during his two-year trial.