Ottoshoop murder case postponed

2013-12-27 18:11
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Johannesburg - A man accused of killing two children and seriously injuring his ex-girlfriend appeared in the Zeerust Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Michael Mqathula, aged 35, charged with arson, two counts of murder, and assault GBH, would appear in court again on 6 January, the court clerk said.

He was arrested after the crime in Maruping village, Ottoshoop, North West around 04:00 on Wednesday.

Two children, a two-year-old girl and a three-year-old boy, died when he set fire to their shack, Captain Pelonomi Makau said on Friday.

The man was the father of one of the children. The ex-girlfriend was the other child's aunt.

"It is alleged that after burning the shack, the suspect stabbed his ex-girlfriend with a knife several times and she was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries."

Makau said the motive for the attack was still unknown and investigations were continuing.

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