Mental assessment for Pongola child murder suspect

2014-07-22 11:30

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Pietermaritzburg - The man accused of kidnapping a child whose butchered body was later discovered in a church in Pongola, is to be sent for mental assessment.

Sibenginseni Magagula, 23, appeared before the Pongola Magistrate’s Court on Monday on two charges of kidnapping and assault. He was arrested last week.

His case was remanded until 5 August. He is expected to undergo a preliminary psychological assessment.

According to the police, Magagula is being charged with two kidnappings. He was believed to have been seen with 4-year-old Lungisani “Kiki” Ntuli, whose dismembered body was found inside the St John’s Apostolic church just outside Pongola in northern Zululand.

Magagula is also accused of kidnapping and assaulting a 5-year-old from the same community.

“The suspect is from the area. There have been no incidents of protest action. There was also no community members gathered outside the court,” said a police source who is not authorised to speak to the media.

Just days after Kiki’s maimed body was discovered, a vigilante group went on a violent rampage in the Ncotshane township, torching and looting homes and a local magistrate court, and assaulting people they suspected of abducting Kiki.

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