Bail granted to man who allegedly shot child in tree

2017-03-30 06:02

THE 87-year-old man, who appeared in court for shooting a young boy in a tree thinking he was a monkey, was granted R1 000 bail at Umzinto Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

Phelamandla Petros Myeza appeared for the second time this week after being charged with murder.

Bongumusa Duma (12) of Dabe Ward in Braemar, was picking guavas in a tree on Sunday morning when Myeza allegedly shot him with his licensed shotgun.

A media report said that Myeza suffered from high blood pressure and had bad eyesight.

After finding discovering he had shot his neighbour’s child and not a monkey, Myeza apparently tried to turn the shotgun on himself.

Community members told the media that monkeys often invaded their farms which was detrimental to their livelihood.

The case has been remanded until April 4 for further investigation.

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