Dad who slit children's throats dies

2012-06-15 10:39
Cape Town - A father who was arrested after he allegedly killed his two children in Muizenberg died in hospital, Western Cape police said on Friday.

The 47-year-old man died late on Thursday night, Warrant Officer November Filander said.

The man was under police guard at a local hospital after he tried to kill himself.

On Wednesday he is believed to have slit the throats of his 2-year-old son and 3-year-old stepdaughter after he fetched them from their crèche in the Village Heights informal settlement.

Residents called the police.

The motive for the crime was not known.

Meanwhile, the father of the girl who was killed has spoken of his grief at finding his daughter's body.

“I couldn’t even look at my child. She was brutally murdered... My poor child,” Anthony Petersen told the Cape Argus.

Petersen said he “freaked out” when he was told about his daughter’s death and said he was very angry.

“How can [someone] kill an innocent child who’s done nothing?” Petersen asked.

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