Teen tells how he killed boy.

2007-12-14 00:00

After he and his murderer ate bread together, grade one boy Vuyani Nqulunga’s mouth was forced closed to prevent him screaming, and he was stabbed in the chest seven times until he died.

That’s how seven-year-old Vuyani’s self-confessed killer described the child’s dying moments in a probation officer’s report handed in to the Durban High Court yesterday.

Vuyani’s murder, in Clermont township, Durban, at the beginning of November caused a sensation because he was beheaded and his genitals were removed.

The 17-year-old accused, whose name may not be published because he is still a minor, told the welfare worker who compiled the report, Sewbajan Nandu, that he beheaded the boy after he was already dead.

What drove him to commit the murder was the thought of the R20 000 and how it could change his life and that of his family, the youth told Nandu.

The 17-year-old said a bricklayer who employed him, Petros Goosebenn (42), told him in August or September that he needed a boy’s head and offered him R20 000 to get hold of one.

At first he was afraid that he would get caught, but Goosebenn showed him the money, counted it for him and said he could always go and hide with his family in Port Alfred.

The teen said he began to fantasise later about how the money could change his life.

He earned R70 a day working for Goosebenn after leaving school in grade nine to earn money in the city so that he could help his family.

He is the middle child of seven, and sent R500 to his family every three months.

The accused lived two blocks away from Vuyani’s grandmother, but he hardly knew the boy. He invited the child to his room after they watched a video together.

The teen did not say in his defence plea why Goosebenn needed the body parts, but advocate Bekhi Manyathi submitted that it could only have been for muthi.

Acting Judge Jeff Hewiit said it was a gruesome crime, committed on a defenceless child, for greed.

Hewitt is scheduled to sentence the accused today.

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