Murder: boy (10) was throttled to punish his father

2011-01-31 00:00

A 25-YEAR-OLD man described to the high court in Pietermaritzburg in a statement on Friday how he took a 10-year-old boy from a soccer field, throttled him and threw him into a fast-flowing river to punish the child’s father.

Sentence will be passed on the killer today.

The incident occurred at Blaabusch near Osizweni in northern KwaZulu Natal on October 14 last year. The killer, Bonginkosi Aaron Nkosi (25), said in a statement read to Judge Rishi Seegobin and his assessors that he is remorseful for what he did.

He said he went to visit his friend — Themba Thusi (the boy’s uncle) — but he was not home and he then spoke to his brother, Dumisani. Their conversation turned to the death of Nkosi’s father who was murdered, ostensibly as a result of taxi violence.

“Dumisani told me that my father was a regular troublemaker in the area, and having been a victim of my father’s violent nature, that he had personally considered hiring a hitman to kill my father. Dumisani went on to say that my father was murdered before he could act on his desire to have my father killed.”

Nkosi said he was hurt and upset by Dumisani’s disclosure and resolved to harm him by killing his son, Sizwe Thusi.

He said he found the boy on a soccer field and asked him to accompany him. The boy occasionally ran errands for him and he had gone with him without asking where they were going.

“I walked with the deceased until we reached a river. Seeing the river was in full spate I decided to push the deceased into the river. However I don’t know if the deceased could swim so, in order to prevent him from surviving being thrown into the river, I placed both my hands around the deceased’s throat and throttled him until he stopped breathing. I then pushed the deceased into the river and he was borne away by the swiftly flowing river.

“I thereafter fled the scene,” Nkosi said.

Nkosi’s legal aid attorney, Ishi Khan, urged the court to consider the accused’s young age, the fact that he was remorseful and had pleaded guilty when imposing sentence.

But Judge Seegobin said courts also had to have regard to the rights of victims in cases. “Is this not about the innocent life of a young boy that has been lost?” he asked.

He said the crime was “absolutely shocking” and the fact that a person pleaded guilty did not detract from the seriousness.

The judge added that it is the experience of courts that the most serious offences are increasingly being committed by people between 16 and 25 years of age.

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