Son allegedly beats dad to death

2015-07-04 08:49

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A PIETERMARITZBURG man was allegedly beaten to death by his son and the son’s friends after he denied them money for drugs.

The victim’s family, however, believe police have arrested the wrong people and deny any wrongdoing by his son.

Police sources said the victim (38), whose name is known to Weekend Witness, had to be rushed to the Northdale Hospital on Thursday afternoon in a critical condition after he was assaulted in his Copesville home.

An hour after reaching the hospital, the man died of multiple injuries.

The Combined Action Team (CAT) swiftly arrested four men for the man’s murder, including his son and another family member.

It is alleged that the man’s son, who has been charged previously for theft, drugs and house-breaking, approached his father for money, but was denied.

After an argument ensued, the four men, aged between 18 and 25, allegedly assaulted the man, punching and kicking him, and left him lying on the floor of his bedroom.

According to police sources close to the investigation, community members alerted CAT officials to the whereabouts of the four men and they were found standing on the corner of the road near the home where the assault took place.

“Some of the same suspects were accused of robbing a woman of her cellphone, wallet and sandals a few weeks ago. The lady was approached by the men on her way home from work and robbed of her belongings. We believe the suspects are known Whoonga addicts in the area,” the source said.

Speaking to the Weekend Witness yesterday, the family of the deceased, however, maintained police have arrested the wrong people.

The victim’s wife said her son is innocent and was in her presence the entire time.

According to family members, the pair had a quarrel on Wednesday night and the mother took her children to stay with a relative.

When the family returned to their home on Thursday, they found the man lying on the floor of his bedroom in a semi-conscious state and asked a neighbour to rush him to the hospital.

“My son had nothing to do with it. He [her husband] was hit in the informal settlement by other people and brought back home. We have witnesses to prove it,” the mother said.

The woman said her husband was a welder and a “very good man”

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