Boys held for vicious crimes

2008-02-11 00:00

Police at kwaMsane near Mtubatuba have recently arrested five young boys in three separate serious incidents — rape, possession of a gun at school, and the murder of an elderly man.

On Sunday, police arrested two boys aged 10 and 12 for the murder of a 73-year-old man at Mboza reserve, Jozini. The 12-year-old is the man’s grandson.

Captain Jabulani Mdletshe said the elderly man opened his door to the children after they knocked late on Saturday night.

"On entering they demanded that the old man give them money. When the old man appeared to be reluctant, the suspects allegedly assaulted him with sticks, badly injuring him."

The boys took R600 from the victim.

After the boys left, the old man managed to walk to the nearest homestead and was then taken to the local clinic. He died the following day.

The matter was then reported to the police and both boys were arrested and detained at Ubombo police cells.

They appeared at the kwaMsane Magistrate’s Court on a charge of murder yesterday.

In another incident, a 14-year-old boy was arrested last week in connection with the rape of an 11-year-old girl at the Mchakwini reserve at kwaMsane, after a virginity test allegedly revealed she was no longer a virgin.

Police said the girl was sent by her mother to a shop on January 26, and on her way back home she came across the teenager.

"The suspect took out a knife and threatened to kill her, and forced her to go into the bush where she was raped twice," said Mdletshe.

"The suspect was known to her, but she could not report him since he threatened to kill her if she reported the matter."

On February 3, the girl went to Bhekinkosi School where there was a virginity test and she was found to have had sex.

"When approached, she told the people conducting the test that she was once raped," said Mdletshe.

The matter was then reported to the girl’s mother and later to the police. The teenager was subsequently arrested and detained at the kwaMsane police cells.

He appeared in the kwaMsane Magistrate’s Court on a charge of rape yesterday and was released into the custody of his parents. He will appear in court again on March 3.

Meanwhile, two high school pupils, aged 17 and 18, were charged for possession of an unlicensed firearm in kwaMsane after they brought a gun with bullets to class on Friday last week.

The Mgwazeni High pupils were searched while in class and a magazine with seven bullets was found on one of the boys. "A gun was found already thrown out of the window."

Mdletshe said the two pupils were arrested and charged with the illegal possession of a firearm. Both teenagers appeared in kwaMsane Magistrate’s Court yesterday and were released on a warning. The case was adjourned to March 11.

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