Alleged axe killer photos go viral

2013-05-29 17:44

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Johannesburg - The NPA has urged the media not to publish pictures of the 14-year-old boy in court for the murder of three people in Etwatwa, Gauteng.

The National Prosecution Authority (NPA) claimed pictures of the accused had gone viral.

"There is a picture of the boy that is circulating and we make a plea that the media not publish the picture, as this is against the Child Act," said NPA spokesperson Medupe Simasiku.

He said the picture had allegedly been published by one publication.

A preliminary inquiry into allegations that the teen murdered three people, was held in camera at the Daveyton Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

The inquiry was held to determine how to proceed with the case given that the accused is a minor, said Simasiku.

"The matter was postponed to 12 June and it will be [heard] in the Benoni Magistrate's Court," he said.

The teenager was still being kept in place of safety.

He allegedly axed to death his mother, 42, and two siblings, aged 7 and 3-months-old, on Friday evening.

His grandmother was injured, and was admitted to the Far East Rand Hospital.

Two other siblings, aged 8 and 9, escaped and alerted neighbours.

The motive for the attack was not clear.

The youth fled the scene, but was later arrested and charged with murder.

He was supposed to appear in court on Monday, but was absent because he was still undergoing psychological evaluation, said police spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini.

On Tuesday, police recovered the suspected murder weapon.

"The axe was found in a... veld near the informal settlement, following a thorough search by the police and the local patrollers," said Dlamini.

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