Neighbour confesses to killing cat

2013-03-22 08:48
Kerneels (Beeld)

Kerneels (Beeld)

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Johannesburg - A Johannesburg man is heartbroken after his neighbour in a residential complex beat his cat to death.

Dewald Swart told Beeld that he spent days looking for his cat Kerneels, 3, after he went missing.

After almost a week, his neighbour, Andrew Fourie, came over and confessed.

“He said Kerneels came into his house and did his business. My cat was neutered so I don’t know what he could have done.”


Swart chased him out. “I am traumatised. My cats are like children.”

He said Fourie was a bully who had murdered his cat, adding he was struggling to cope with it.

Fourie said he killed the cat in anger but was not proud of it.

Fourie told reporters that the cat had come into his home more than 20 times, fighting with his own cats.

He said Kerneels often defecated in his home and even injured one of his cats, which had to be taken to a vet for treatment.

He said he heard how Kerneels was fighting with his cats and wanted to chase him away with a walking stick.

“I hit the cat and unfortunately he died.”

“My conscience bothered me and I decided honesty was the best policy. I am embarrassed about what happened and am very sorry.”

Foruie said he would buy Swart a new cat.

“I know he [Swart] is sad and a new cat won’t take away his pain, but I want to do something.”

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