Accused child butcher to have mental assessment

2014-07-22 00:00

THE man accused of kidnapping a toddler, whose butchered body was later discovered in a church in Pongola, will be sent for mental assessment.

Sibenginseni Magagula (23), who was arrested last week, appeared before the Pongola Magistrate’s Court yesterday on two charges of kidnapping and assault.

His case was remanded until August 5, with Magagula expected to ­undergo a preliminary psychological assessment.

According to the SAPS, Magagula is being charged with two kidnappings. It is believed he was seen with four-year-old Lungisani “Kiki” Ntuli, whose dismembered body was found inside the St John’s Apostolic church just outside Pongola in northern Zululand.

Magagula is also accused of kidnapping and assaulting a five-year-old from the same community.

“The suspect is from the area. There have been no incidents of protest action. There was also no community members gathered outside the court,” said a police source who is not authorised to speak to the media.

Just days after Kiki’s maimed body was discovered, a vigilante group went on a violent rampage in the Ncotshane township, torching and looting homes and a local magistrate court, and ­assaulting people they suspected of ­abducting Kiki.

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