Dad 'sorry' for son's brutal death

2012-01-27 10:40

Johannesburg - A Pretoria man who was found guilty of killing his 2-year-old son, allegedly while high on heroin, has apologised and asked the court for mercy.

Sibusiso Phetla, 29, told the North Gauteng High Court that he was sorry for the death of Solomon Maditla, who died from horrific injuries including a fractured skull, broken arms and legs, a ruptured liver and burns all over his body, The Times reported.

The boy visited his father for a few days in Pretoria in 2008 - a day after Phetla had taken a drug called “Nyaope” - a street name for heroin.

Phetla denied hurting Solomon and said he didn’t know what had happened to him. He at first claimed the boy could have been hurt while at his mother’s. But medical reports showed that the injuries were fresh.

During the trial, doctors testified that the burn marks looked like they could have been caused by an iron, while the blisters were probably caused by boiling water. They believed the skull fracture had been caused by blunt force trauma.

The court also heard that the boy’s mother, Ouma Maditla, was angry and sad and unable to forgive Phetla for the death of her son.

Phetla was a drug addict who had started using drugs at an early age. He said he loved his son and asked the court for mercy.

Phetla was convicted of murder and would be sentenced on Friday.

  • jaz82 - 2012-01-27 10:46

    Sorry is too late now...

      Joe - 2012-01-27 11:08

      Agreed, if you can't even hold yourself together when your son visits then you should be left to rot in a cell, you're obviously a danger to society.

      Janice - 2012-01-27 11:41

      Far too late, imagine the little ones suffering! Sometimes words are not enough...

      Riëtte - 2012-01-27 11:47

      @ michael - what does PW Botha have to do with this? A child was murdered by someone he trusted, his daddy, so keep your comments relevant to the article.

      Wynhandt - 2012-01-27 11:50

      Michael - You dont have children do you. They should do on that idiot what he did to his son. And if you think he deserves freedom your a bloody fool. Ek sommer lus en klap jou!

      christian.helberg - 2012-01-27 11:53

      @Michael......Really? come on dude, this guy put a child through hell, the pain and suffering that child must have gone through is inexcusable!

      Garth - 2012-01-27 12:00

      Michael - you are an ignorant troll. Outside! Out!

  • DjCapiche - 2012-01-27 10:53

    Can't forgive the brutality of this slaughter.

      dlawre30 - 2012-01-27 11:48

      Yolandi - did you read this properly? Burnt with an iron, boiling water etc. This poor child was tortured. The pain he went through must have been horrible. Forgiveness is a great concept but with a monster like this I think not. we cannot forgive everybody who commits crimes, we would have a lawless society. Wonder if you would be saying the same thing if this was your child?

      Yolandi - 2012-01-27 11:50

      We should forgive the sinner and not the sin. For God need us to forgive no matter what, People forget that Blessing wil come if we forgive and get our heart clean.

      Hamrammr - 2012-01-27 12:02

      I strongly agree with DJ, put him through the torture that his child had to suffer! Yolandi, once the blinds that Christianity put infront of your eyes disappear, you realise that humanity is still animal afterall. We are not the sacred species of a wonderful god, we're a creation of mother nature and can, and DO turn rogue. I say the same as with Johan Kotze- torture him to death!

      Garth - 2012-01-27 12:02

      Who gets the blessing - the dead boy? Will your god bless the dead boy with the gift of `an eye for an eye'?

      Craig - 2012-01-27 12:04

      Ok Yolandi, lets forgive him. But then we ship him off to your house and you can look after him. Or does this forgiveness thing only work when you only need to say it, and have no involvement directly in it.

      Lyndatjie - 2012-01-27 12:16

      Yolandi - you are obviously programmed through years of religious indoctrination. Let me point out that forgiveness does not lessen the horrific pain and torture that poor child went through. It does not bring a child back to his grieving mother. It does not stop a murdering psychopath from doing it again. It does not stop a drug addict from taking drugs. It does not make it right! Retribution needs to be meted out and this person should be punished so that it can act as a deterrent for every single person who THINKS that an excuse like "drug addiction" will get the bleeding hearts to forgive them and make them NOT accountable for their actions. Forgive? NO! HANG HIM!

  • Johnny - 2012-01-27 10:54

    Remove him from society... drugs are no excuse for his sadistic behaviour!!! The court should have NO mercy. Imagine the fear he had when his father that he looked up to attacked him like this!!!!!!!!

  • Shirley - 2012-01-27 11:00

    Mercy??Did you show mercy to an innocent child? Your drug addiction isnt an excuse! You are lower than rat excrament and should spend the rest of your sorry pathetic existance doing HARD labour in an unforgiving jail!

  • RSole - 2012-01-27 11:08

    Its a pity he didn't die of an overdose before the baby was born.

  • Oscar - 2012-01-27 11:08

    Mercy? What planet are you from you monster. Oh yes, planet drugs!

  • rickvcooper - 2012-01-27 11:13

    Your son probably loved you, you idiot. You deserve absolutely no leniency. You deserve Chinese justice for what you did.

      Oscar - 2012-01-27 11:19


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  • Justine - 2012-01-27 11:18

    What a poor, poor baby, suffering at the hands of this monster that is supposed to protect him, instead of hurting him so brutally! Send him away for life!!! Please! Before he hurts someone else! If he can kill his own such in such cold blood, what is he capable of doing to a stranger?!?!?

      Justine - 2012-01-27 11:20

      *"If he can kill his own son in such cold blood"

  • Snoopsy - 2012-01-27 11:21

    a Little too Late! Why should we show mercy, while you had no mercy on a helpless baby??? I hope this haunts you for the rest of your life! I hope you rot in hell!!!

  • Nokuthula - 2012-01-27 11:22

    "the court also heard that the boy's mother was angry and unable to forgive Phetla for the death of her son" HONESTLY WHAT DID THEY EXPECT. DEATH PENALTY.... Burn him with the iron, boiled water etc just like he did to that innocent soul.

  • eric.vanvuuren - 2012-01-27 11:23

    Take him out back and shoot him in the face. Like so much rubbish.

      Riëtte - 2012-01-27 11:48

      A bullet is to quick, he should suffer the way the child did.

  • paullombard17 - 2012-01-27 11:25

    B@stard, he said he is sorry?, sorry for being caught!!- I had substance abuse issues but let me tell you that the birth of my gorgeous son woke me up to family values and the straight & narrow path..I dont even raise my hand to him and every day is a gift -

      Oscar - 2012-01-27 11:36

      Good for you Paul. People can learn from someone like you.

  • Ayanda - 2012-01-27 11:36

    See why countries like China have no mercy on drug dealers

  • George - 2012-01-27 11:39

    Ok my dear son, I forgive you and I cannot judge you but god will. You now have a nice opportunity to repent and all this will be done in jail after a hefty sentence. when you come out of jail you will sing the lord's praise for giving you a son whom you destroyed.

      Garth - 2012-01-27 12:03

      What exactly are you saying?

  • Ruth - 2012-01-27 11:43

    I have no words!!!!!!!!

  • Lorenzo - 2012-01-27 11:45

    Excuses!! That's like asking for forgiveness for killing another person while driving drunk!! He probably couldn’t afford to pay maintenance for the child so he thought it would be easier to just kill him. Life sentence or death penalty. I don’t want my tax money to go to feeding this animal.

  • michaelamou - 2012-01-27 11:51

    He should be hung!!!

  • juan.sander - 2012-01-27 11:51

    RIP little Solomon.

  • Riëtte - 2012-01-27 11:52

    Seeing what people do to the gifts that God has granted us makes my blood run cold. Then he has the audacity to ask for mercy, I'm sure the little boy also begged for some of that while he was being hurt by his FATHER!!! I hope this b@stard goes away for such a long time that he will have forgotten how to build babies by the time he gets out.

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-27 11:54

    You son of a b!ich, I hope you rot in prison, and then in hell for eternity, there is no way on earth you deserve to live miserable bastard!!

  • Mashudu - 2012-01-27 11:59

    It too late to apologies.

  • dmaloma - 2012-01-27 12:04

    This guy shouldn't live to see another day for what he did to his son.

  • Mark Milligan - 2012-01-27 12:17

    Lock him up and throw away the key

  • Shilly Maelane - 2012-01-27 13:15

    WTF is this world coming to?? Dude should be shot!!!

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