Killer dad's violent past revealed

2013-01-07 08:23
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Pretoria - Horrific details have emerged about the night a Bronkhorstspruit man killed his wife, tried to kill their three children and then committed suicide.

Beeld reported that Eugene Marais, 51, had been given seven death sentences 20 years ago after an attack on a Putco bus in KwaZulu-Natal. The sentence was later commuted to 25 years imprisonment.

The former AWB member only served a few years in jail before applying for and being granted amnesty from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) for the attack, which he claimed was politically motivated.

While in prison, he met his wife Tania, 39, who was visiting someone else.

On Thursday evening, he assaulted and then stabbed his wife to death and gave their three children drinks laced with sleeping pills.

His 11-year-old daughter apparently tried to stop the attack on her mother and later pretended to drink the concoction.

She managed to get out of the house and ran 5km to get help.

Her 5-year-old sister and 4-year-old brother were then taken to hospital and their stomachs were pumped. They were then taken to their grandparents.

At the time of the incident, Marais and his wife had apparently been separated and in the process of getting divorced.

 
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