Boy returned after family pays ransom

2010-05-11 14:26

Five-year-old Samuel Amoes was returned to his family unharmed

after a ransom was paid to his kidnappers today in Johannesburg, Gauteng police


Captain Cynthia Magoai said an undisclosed amount of money was paid

to the boy’s kidnappers at about 11am on the corner of Bezuidenhout and Fuller

roads in Betrams.

The exchange of money and the boy, the son of an Angolan

businessman, was a matter between the kidnappers and the family, Magoai


The boy was in the care of his nanny while both his parents

travelled to Angola over the weekend.

The nanny took the boy to her church in Troyeville and he was

kidnapped while playing with other children at the church’s play school at about

8am on Sunday.

Magoai said nobody had been arrested yet and the police were

investigating a case of kidnapping.

Criminal investigator Declan Condon, who was part of the

negotiations with kidnappers, earlier told two radio stations that the handover

was tense.

Condon said: “We did an exchange with the kidnappers. We gave them

a vast amount of dollars and demanded that they hand the child over at the same

time. After the tense situation they walked up and handed the child over.”

– Sapa

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