Axe killings: Suspected weapon recovered

2013-05-28 22:18

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Johannesburg - Police on Monday recovered the axe they suspect was used in the murders of a woman and two young children in Etwatwa, on the East Rand, Sapa reported.

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

A 14-year-old boy allegedly killed his 42-year-old mother and two siblings, aged seven and three-months.  A sister and cousin (both aged 8) were able to get away and find help.

Police initially said that the boy's grandmother had also been killed, however, it emerged earlier that she was in fact still alive, but in a serious condition at an East Rand hospital.

"It was confirmed today that she is still alive. She is being treated at the Far East Rand Hospital," Sapa reported Dlamini as saying.

Dlamini said that the teenaged suspect, who had fled the scene on Sunday, but was later arrested, is still in hospital and is undergoing psychological evaluation

He was to have appeared in the Benoni Magistrate's Court on Monday, but the case was postponed in his absence to Wednesday.

The motive for the attack was not known.

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