Police: Teen shot brother while warthog hunting

2014-06-18 12:13

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Johannesburg - North West police on Wednesday clarified reports on a youth who allegedly accidentally shot dead his brother at Witpoort farm, near Ottosdal.

"At this stage he was not arrested because he must still be assessed by a social worker," Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone said.

"It is unclear when he will appear in court because we do not know how long the process is going to take."

The 17-year-old boy, who shot his 21-year-old brother on Monday, was believed to be using his father's rifle to hunt warthogs, Mokgwabone said on Tuesday.

"They were allegedly kneeling down and aiming at a warthog when the 21-year-old brother suddenly stood up," Mokgwabone said at the time.

"It is apparent that the minor, unaware that his brother was standing up, fired a shot, and the bullet allegedly hit the victim in the head."

A case of murder and a case of negligent handling of a firearm were opened.

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