Drunk and hungry: Son kills father in food row

2008-12-17 00:00

AN argument over a lack of food led a 25-year-old man to kill his 64-year-old unemployed father in the Magoda area of Richmond on Tuesday night.

The suspect, who was said to be drunk, allegedly used a knobkerrie and a pair of pliers to assault his father, who died at the scene. A nine-year-old boy witnessed the attack.

“They were involved in an argument and it is believed that the son was demanding food from his unemployed father, who replied that there was no food,” said police spokeswoman Inspector Joey Jeevan.

Jeevan said that when the father failed to provide food for his son, who came home drunk, the argument started. The enraged son smashed a window before going to his bedroom.

“He allegedly returned a short while later and assaulted his father with a knobkerrie and a pair of pliers, fatally wounding him, in the presence of [the father’s] nine-year-old step-son who was also in the room,” said Jeevan.

Police arrested the suspect, who will appear in court shortly. The alledged murder weapons were also recovered. — Witness Reporter.

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