Chilling message after murder

2013-05-03 00:00

A MOTHER whose three-year-old child was stabbed several times by her ex-boyfriend, received a chilling SMS telling her that he had just killed their son on Wednesday night.

“You should be happy now because the child is dead and you’re next,” the SMS, written in Zulu, read.

The grieving 27-year-old mother from Swayimane, who cannot be named as the father of her child has not yet appeared in court, said she was in Pietermaritzburg’s city centre earlier that day when her ex-boyfriend threatened to stab her.

She escaped and a friend took her to New Hanover, where she waited for a lift home.

She had left her two children, aged three and four, at home with her mother and aunt while she went out for the day.

It is alleged that the father entered her home through a window while the children were sleeping in a bedroom. He then stabbed the three-year-old several times.

The mother and aunt heard the screams of the crying child.

The father then allegedly fled through the window.

Soon after that, at around 7.30 pm, the mother received a text message from the father of her children.

After the SMS, she immediately called home and her mother told her they were taking her son to hospital.

She rushed to a police station to report the case.

Moments later, she was told that her son had died in hospital.

She alleged that her ex-boyfriend had also threatened to kill her and their four-year-old daughter.

“He was calling me names and using offensive language,” she said.

The mother said her son loved playing and would throw himself into her arms every day when she returned from work.

“He’d curiously check what was in the plastic bags.”

The woman believes that her ex-boyfriend’s rage was sparked by the fact that she broke up with him three weeks ago.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said they have arrested a 25-year-old man after he was found in possession of a bloodstained knife.

He is expected to appear in the New Hanover Magistrate’s Court shortly.

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