Pupil claims self-defence

2014-11-21 00:00

A SCHOOLBOY charged with shooting dead Akhona Nakile and wounding Lindokuhle Thabethe outside Umsilinga Primary School claims he acted in self-defence.

This emerged when the 15-year-old made another brief appearance before Pietermaritzburg magistrate Ntsoaki Ndawonde yesterday.

A Legal Aid lawyer confirmed that the teen alleges he was ­“assaulted” and had to defend himself against his attackers, one of whom had a knife. He has, ­however, not yet formally pleaded to any of the charges.

State advocate Rene Padayachee told the court the prosecution has added two more charges against the teenager of unlawful possession of the firearm and ammunition linked to the shooting.

The case was postponed until December 4 pending further investigations. The court was told the boy had abandoned his bail application due to fears for his own safety.

He is being detained in a place of safety.

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