Dobsonville stabbings: Man to appear in court

2014-12-24 07:38

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Johannesburg - Harris Nhlapo was expected to appear in the Protea Magistrate's Court on Wednesday in connection with the knife attack on a mother, her two toddlers, and their grandmother.

Nhlapo, 33, appeared in court on Friday and the case was postponed to allow him to obtain legal aid and for further investigation.

The charges against Nhlapo were originally withdrawn due to lack of evidence.

Upon reviewing the docket, the director of public prosecutions for South Gauteng, however, advised the court to put the matter on the roll and for Nhlapho to appear before a magistrate.

Nhlapo was allegedly present when a 20-year-old woman, her two children, aged two and three, and their grandmother were attacked in their home in Dobsonville last Tuesday.

The 2-year-old boy was stabbed three times on his head, and the 3-year-old stabbed eight times in his body. The boys' mother received multiple stab wounds on her left arm.

The boys' 60-year-old grandmother was cut on her forehead during the robbery.

The robbers fled the scene with electrical appliances.

The family, however, told journalists that while two men may have been involved in the attack, only one of them was in the house when they were stabbed.

They were adamant Nhlapho was not their attacker and police had the wrong man.

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