Australian mother’s bizarre move accused of torturing and murdering her baby
A woman accused of murdering and torturing her baby alongside her husband has told a court that she is representing herself in the charges.
Noemi Kondacs has been in pre-trial detention since she was first arrested at a property in Yugar, northwest of Brisbane, in late 2022.
Bizarrely, she told a court on Monday that she had not sought further legal advice since her former lawyer was allowed to step down.
Reinhardt Bosch, 33, and Noemi Kondacs, 22 (pictured) are accused of torturing their infant son until he died
“I am happy to stand again,” Ms Kondacs, 22, told magistrate Michael Quinn.
She also said she was ‘not sure’ if she had received a memorandum of evidence, but said she would be ‘happy if she didn’t’ when questioned by Mr Quinn.
Ms Kondacs, from the German city of Stuttgart, is jointly charged with her husband Reinhardt Albert Bosch, 33, in the death of baby Rhuan, aged seven months.
Rhuan was found dead at the couple’s Mount Samson Rd home in Yugar on November 3, 2022.
Police allege the baby was tortured by the couple between April 11 and November 2 – both allegedly prayed over her body before calling an ambulance.
It is alleged that Rhuan had ‘visible’ injuries when police discovered the ‘confrontation’ scene.
Pictured: Rhuan Immaneul, who died on November 2
They are both charged with murder and torture.
Mr Bosch is also charged with assault causing actual bodily harm while armed with an offensive instrument – which allegedly took place between the same dates.
On Monday, Brisbane Magistrates’ Court was told that Ms Kondacs’ previous legal representatives were last granted leave to step aside.
Appearing via video link wearing a blue prison tracksuit, Ms Kondacs clarified her surname was ‘Bosch’.
“My legal name is Noemi Bosch because I’m married to Reinhardt Bosch,” she said.
Ms Kondacs said she had not sought any other legal representation or applied for legal aid, instead saying she was “happy” to represent herself.
“Have you thought of that through Mrs. Kondacs?” asked Mr. Quinn.
Ms. Kondacs replied, “Yes, I have.”
“I’m certainly not going to accept that as the current position, but we will continue,” Mr Quinn said.
Asked if she had received an evidence package on the charges, Ms Kondacs said she was ‘not sure’.
“I’m glad I don’t have any,” she said.
Mr. Quinn adjourned his case until September 4 to tie it to that of Mr. Bosch.
He ordered that she be brought to court in person next time so she could see duty counsel.
“If you choose not to, that’s your right,” Quinn said.
“I ask you to think long and hard about this decision.”
“I will, Your Honor,” replied Mrs. Kondacs.