Court: eight-year-old says killers kicked him for crying

2008-12-11 00:00

An eight-year-old boy described to the Pietermaritzburg High Court yesterday how he was kicked in the face when he cried out on seeing a gunman shoot at his mother during an attack at their homestead in Hammarsdale in September 2006.

The court was cleared by Judge Vivienne Niles-Duner before the little boy testified. He was six-years-old when the incident happened.

He was giving evidence at the trial of Ntokozo Ngcobo (28) and Simanga Amos Sibiya (29) who have pleaded not guilty to four charges of housebreaking with intent to rob and robbery, murder of Nuziwendoda Aaron Ngcobo (the accused’s father) and his common-law wife, Cacisile Eunice Zondi, and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

The child said he knew the difference between truth and lies and told the judge he knew that people who tell lies “go to the devil’s place”.

The boy said he did not know the four attackers who entered the house that night and demanded money.

The gunman who had shot his mother had worn a balaclava and only his eyes were visible, he said.

He testified that he and his siblings were asleep in the dining room when he woke on hearing a noise. “People were saying it’s the police … police.”

His mother had said they should not open the door and a person outside responded: “You prostitute why do you say don’t open the door?”

“They hit the door hard and they managed to come in. There were four of them. They said we want money,” he said.

He said his mother made an attempt to give them money and delayed them saying she was going to get the money. While she was advancing towards a suitcase with money, she was shot at.

He pointed to the spot where she had been shot on the right side of her head behind her ear.

“I stood up and cried. Then they kicked me and instructed us to lie on our tummies,” the boy said.

The boy later said the man who kicked him was the one with the “hat” and gun.

He fell down as a result of being kicked and kept quiet when he was instructed to lie on his tummy. “I did not continue crying,” he said.

The child said his face was swollen from the kick and it was painful. He did not receive any treatment and the pain eventually subsided.

The two accused, who on Tuesday fired their lawyers and refused to participate in the proceedings, were present in court yesterday to listen to the testimony of state witnesses and they asked a few questions. They did not question the boy.

The case is proceeding.

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