Boy held for family murder

2012-08-21 13:35

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with a family murder on a Griekwastad farm on Good Friday this year.

The police’s Captain Cherelle Ehlers said detectives arrested the boy in Bloemfontein today.

Northern Cape farmer Deon Steenkamp (44), his wife Christelle (43) and their daughter Marthella (14) were shot on the family farm Naauwhoek on April 6.

Police said at the time that Steenkamp’s teenage son, Don, heard shots fired while he was busy in an outside storeroom around 6.30pm on the day.

The boy discovered the bodies in the living room and drove to the police station in town to report the killings.

He handed two firearms over to police, which he said he had found at the scene.

Ehlers said the accused, who cannot be identified since he is a minor, was expected to appear in the Griekwastad Magistrates’ Court on charges of murder tomorrow.

The investigation into the murders was continuing.

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