Young boy ‘mistakenly’ shot in guava tree

2017-03-16 06:03

A 12-YEAR-OLD boy was shot dead in Braemar after an elderly man allegedly mistook him for a monkey.

Bongumusa Duma (12) of Dabe Ward in Braemar, was shot and killed while picking guavas in a tree on Sunday morning.

“It is alleged that an 87-year-old man mistook the boy in the tree for a monkey and shot him with a licensed shotgun. The victim sustained injuries to his upper body and head,” said police spokesperson Captain Vincent Pandarum. The body was taken to the Park Rynie State mortuary for a post-mortem investigation. A shotgun was seized by police as an exhibit.

A case of murder is being investigated by Detective Constable Nonhle Nomonde Myende of the Sawoti SAPS Detective Service.

The man appeared in Umzinto Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, and the case was postponed to Wednesday (yesterday) for a legal aid application. At the time of going to press the outcome was unknown.

- Supplied.

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