Man in court for family killings

2014-01-21 12:17
Lucas Mosiya ( Werner Beukes, SAPA)

Lucas Mosiya ( Werner Beukes, SAPA)

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Vereeniging - A man accused of killing three of his relatives and the attempted murder of three others appeared in the Vereeniging Regional Court on Tuesday.

Dressed in the same grey jacket and blue jeans he wore to court last week, Lucas Mosiya sat in the dock with his head bowed.

The 25-year-old allegedly murdered his 60-year-old grandmother and two female relatives, aged 26 and 28, with an axe.

At the time the police said the two women relatives died on the scene, and the grandmother died on the way to hospital. Two male cousins, aged 17 and 18, were critically injured.

Mosiya allegedly attacked a 6-year-old relative, but she escaped unharmed, Selepe said. He allegedly fled, and was later arrested in Tembisa. The motive for the attacks was not known.

Magistrate Leon Ferreira took a short adjournment and Mosiya was returned to the cells. His cousin, Buti Motlou, shook his head when Mosiya looked at him while he was led out of court.

During his last appearance, Motlou told the court that Mosiya was not mentally unstable, following the State's call to have him sent for mental observation. This was after Mosiya reportedly confessed to the killings.

Addressing Ferreira last week, he asked: "May I plead guilty now?"

His plea was not accepted, and the case was postponed to allow him to obtain legal aid.

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