Killer 'obsessed' with boy, 14

2013-03-01 09:01
Danté Chan (Supplied)

Danté Chan (Supplied)

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Johannesburg - A 22-year-old man admitted to killing a 14-year-old boy at his mother’s home and told a court that he had been in love with the teen and had been unable to accept that their relationship was over.

Mario Engelbrecht admitted to stabbing to death Danté Chan in 2012 in a jealous rage after the boy told him that he was not interested in rekindling their relationship, reported Beeld.

Engelbrecht’s lawyer read a statement by the accused in court, which stated that Engelbrecht got to know Chan when their parents started having a relationship.

“About two years before the [murder] an intimate relationship started between me and the deceased.

“This relationship ended about 6 to 8 months before the incident as a result of the deceased’s mother learning about it,” the statement went.

The boy and his mother then moved to Vereeniging but the boy was sometimes at Engelbrecht’s father’s home in Vanderbijlpark.

On 31 July 2012, Engelbrecht went to his father’s house.

“I confronted the deceased by telling him I was still in love with him and wanted to know why we couldn’t continue the relationship.”

When the boy said he was not interested, Engelbrecht took a knife, followed the boy and stabbed him repeatedly.

The court heard that Engelbrecht had been obsessed with Chan and had decided there and then that if he couldn’t have him, no one else could either.

Engelbrecht intended hanging himself after the incident but others arrived on the scene and he fled on his bike.

Court proceedings were adjourned to 9 April.

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