'Revenge' killing: Youth hands himself in

2012-03-08 07:40

Cape Town - A youth accused of shooting dead a 3-year-old boy in Manenberg, Cape Town, handed himself over to detectives on Wednesday, Western Cape police said.

"The 18-year-old suspect handed himself over to detectives at the Manenberg police station with his lawyer, at about 18:30," said Warrant Officer November Filander.

The child was found with a bullet wound to the head on a bed in a house on Rhone Walk earlier on Wednesday.

A while before the shooting, police searched a neighbouring house after a tip-off that illegal firearms and ammunition were kept there. They found nothing and left.

"Shortly thereafter they [police] received a call of a shooting incident in the same street," said Filander.

Police were told that an 18-year-old neighbour shot the boy in front of his mother after accusing her of calling the police who searched his house.

The youth would appear soon in the Athlone Magistrate's Court, Filander said.

  • Cindy - 2012-03-08 07:46

    sick!!!!!!!!!!! Hope he will be tried as an adult

      Anthony - 2012-03-08 07:52

      he will be 18 years old

      Barry - 2012-03-08 08:01

      Arrange an "accident" so he does not get to trial.

      John - 2012-03-08 10:31

      Death penalty??

  • Catherine - 2012-03-08 07:51

    I hope he rots in hell. There is no excuse in the world for such heartless brutality.

      carpejugulim - 2012-03-08 08:51

      I'll second that but I don't think heartless brutality comes close to the total lack of respect for a human life. That toddler's life had only just begun and s/he is murdered by a youngster on the threshhold of adulthood. What is our country coming to when the youth murder for revenge on a suspicion???

      carpejugulim - 2012-03-08 08:56

      What kind of a country are we living in that 18 year olds murder toddlers for revenge?

  • pws69 - 2012-03-08 07:51

    I'm betting he handed himself in because he heard that if the cops caught him first, it would be "shoot to kill". Pity it didn't go down that way. I'm also betting he gets a lighter sentence claiming " diminished capacity due to the influence of drugs". Committing crime under the influence should result in a much harsher sentence, not a lighter sentence. A poor mother tries to do the right thing, and her 3 year old pays with his life. My condolences go out to her.

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  • RealNikka - 2012-03-08 07:59

    Government please hand him over to the community

      JJ - 2012-03-08 09:05

      I'm not one for vigilantes but this guy does not deserve to live. Kill a child in front of his mother!! Give him to me, I'll beat him for days before I kill him!

  • Itu Santino Cortez - 2012-03-08 08:00

    Morale of the story : Stop Snitching !

      Cindy - 2012-03-08 08:02

      what????????????????????????? Stand by while drug-dealers and criminals take over our neighborhoods??? What drugs are you on?

      Jacqueline - 2012-03-08 08:02

      Did your mother drop you on your head as an infant?

      Michael - 2012-03-08 08:07

      D@@S..... its called doing the right thing. Suppose thats not in your vocabulary

      Cindy - 2012-03-08 08:10

      @ Jason follow the link and all about this sick little puppy will become clear:

      Lisa - 2012-03-08 08:13

      sis!!! u horrible excuse for a human being! this is not a joke, a small child has died!!!!!!!!!!

      Silvana - 2012-03-08 08:30

      @Itu It is because inbred degenrates like you that we can't get this country right. Damn freak!

      Elle-Black - 2012-03-08 08:37

      @ Itu are you generally this idiotic or is today a speacial day?

      RealNikka - 2012-03-08 08:44

      @Itu Moral of the story, stop taking Rap Music to your head SMH

      winston.mullany - 2012-03-08 09:01

      Pity you weren't the one lying in the bed!!!!

      Bianca - 2012-03-08 09:42


      JohhnyBGood - 2012-03-08 09:48

      @itu, sick freak. Are you a drug dealer or gun runner? Can be the only explanation ...

      Jacques Wilbur Smith - 2012-03-08 10:04

      Go back to school first! The word is MORAL! not MORALE! Second i guess getting an education would be a waste on someone who was trying to make a joke of the death, I mean cold-blooded murder of an innocent THREE (3, since your education needs attention) YEAR OLD CHILD! Peace and pray this never happens to YOUR OFFSPRING.

  • Donald - 2012-03-08 08:00

    guns! the scourge of south african society. so sad

      Skuiter - 2012-03-08 08:15

      no, idiots, the scurge of this country. Guns dont kill people, People kill people.

      Hlumela - 2012-03-08 08:32

      I think it's the caliber of people in the country hey. This is very scary. I seriously worry about the direction that this country has taken in terms of dealing with criminals. I am flabbergasted!!

      John - 2012-03-08 09:22

      Illegal guns

      Grant - 2012-03-08 09:43

      If murderes didn't have guns they ould use something else.

      zane.zeiler - 2012-03-08 13:17

      Ugh, another GFSA tool...

  • Lumko Ntshinka - 2012-03-08 08:08

    We've lost our humanity, we no longer different from wild animals.

      elizabethann.auld - 2012-03-08 08:22

      Yes I agree - a country where life is cheap, rape is a 'hobby and right' and AIDS is rampant. It's a miracle we are still over-populated.

      annemathii - 2012-03-08 08:44

      Yes, we ARE different from wild animals...even wild animals have a strict code of ethics which they live by. These people are savages!!

  • Silvana - 2012-03-08 08:10

    I have a question. How did he come to the conclusion that this woman reported him to the police? Was it pure "thumb-suck" or did the police tell him? My heart goes out to this mother. What is making our society so depraved? Is it the parents not guiding them, or lack of because they are both working. Is it the influence of TV/movies that underage kids watch. Or is it the lack of corporal punishment, both at home and at school. Please don't shoot me down. I am just comparing the level and brutal intensity of the crime committed nowadays compared to say the early 60's? Something has to be done, and not just by the government but by all of us.

      Silvana - 2012-03-08 08:20

      I agree he should rot in jail, but that brings me to another point. I hate these comments from people regarding what's witing for criminals in jail - "Papa wag vir jou", "Bubba's waiting for you", "you going to be someones bitch". That's not what prison should be about. It's called CORRECTIONAL Services. They should be put into labour camps. Make bricks for RDP housing, grow vegetables to feed the prisons, fix the roads and F*&k their human rights. How can someone who has commited a crime of such a nature be released. And he will be released we all know that. Only through suffering and hardwork is there any chance of their rehabilitation.

      Simnikiwe - 2012-03-08 09:00

      Bubba is pure torture, unless you're gay.

      Silvana - 2012-03-08 09:13

      @Simnikiwe. I am sure it's pure torture but that does nothing to rehabilitate a criminal. Remember, we don't have the death penalty anymore, so we have to work within the current system. Rape only perpetuates criminality in jail. What if someone is wrongfully accused and jailed? There have been such incidents. Is it right that he has to endure being raped. Punishment should be meted out by the authorities, not be the inmates.

      John - 2012-03-08 09:34

      I agree with you. I also think those who call for mob justice, or "revenge" are not much better than those perps.

      Jacques Wilbur Smith - 2012-03-08 10:16

      You get prisoners and you get this snotkop and others like him. They should not have human rights as their acts themselves are INHUMANE! Thus a fitting punishment would be one that is inhuman! That child had rights too, the right to live, the right to grow old and all other HUMAN RIGHTS, and this INHUMAN PIECE of SH** took that and his life away...

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  • Lisa - 2012-03-08 08:14

    Shame, this is so sad! Hope that 18year old gets everything thats coming to him + more!!!!!!!!!! the bastard!

  • Andrew - 2012-03-08 08:18

    What a despicable act.Apalling. Where is the death penalty when we need it?

      Anthony - 2012-03-08 08:25

      seconds that vote. RIP little one

  • carvern - 2012-03-08 08:22

    Handed himself fearing for his own life no doubt

      Jacqueline - 2012-03-08 08:27

      No doubt to hide from the community justice that was sure to come his way very soon.

  • MichelleRamsaySA - 2012-03-08 08:24

    How sad that assumptions have become the norm.. What lead the 18 year old to shoot a three year old? Why kill the baby that had nothing to do with the situation? Such a sad story.. Condolences to the mommy who lost he precious baby x

  • Den - 2012-03-08 08:26

    my you rot in hell pig

  • Dexter - 2012-03-08 08:34

    Tired of this @##$$% country, give it to the animals.

      Anthony - 2012-03-08 08:48

      they have it in there control, it should be taken away from them

  • Tracey - 2012-03-08 08:36

    If it was my child I would make sure he never got to be tried in court I would kill the b@stard first

  • Elle-Black - 2012-03-08 08:36

    I'm willing to bet anything that the police told this guy where the tip off came from.How then is the community supposed to help the police to curb crime when they temselves are aligned with the criminals? This is why mob justice exists.

  • Nicholas - 2012-03-08 08:39

    What an unbelievable case of savagery.

  • Chester Dk Muthelo - 2012-03-08 08:40

    This 18 years old boy really needs help i hate guns have u ever imagine World without guns

      Grant - 2012-03-08 09:52

      There were murders even before guns were invented.

  • Jacques Wilbur Smith - 2012-03-08 08:42

    May \PAPPA\ and \CREW\ make whatever time he is facing in prison as hellish and painfull as the life the mother must endure without her child. May \PAPPA\ and \CREW\ give him the only pain in life that a prison inmate can call equal to childbirth!!! Inmate Rape suddenly does not seem like a crime when you have filth like this going to prison!

  • Joe - 2012-03-08 08:43

    They must put a rope in his cell.

      Jacques Wilbur Smith - 2012-03-08 09:27

      forget the rope! Death will be an easy escape for this animal! Let them shackle him strip him of his clothes and form a queue behind his @$$ for every day he spends in jail!

  • reinhard.pettenburger - 2012-03-08 08:43

    So sad!

  • Lee - 2012-03-08 08:47

    If someone shoots my son; no police or army will stop me and when I find them, I will kill him slowly and very painfully. Those criminals deserve a DEATH SENTENCE

      Dejavu RealMan - 2012-03-08 09:05

      I will do da same

      Jacques Wilbur Smith - 2012-03-08 09:21

      Death will be too easy for this animal! May he live to the end of his days haunted by the image of the life he stole. The last seconds before and after the guns bang echoing in his memory eternally!

  • Ilze - 2012-03-08 08:53

    what the hell!!!! how could he do that!!!!!! he has no heart what so ever and should be shot dead!!!!! what has become of this world!!! i cant stand what i read everyday anymore!!!

      Elle-Black - 2012-03-08 08:57

      @ Ilze can you imagine what sort of person looks into the eyes of a 3 years old and shoots? Is rehabilitation really possible for scum like that?

  • Terry2301 - 2012-03-08 09:02

    These are just some of the reasons, people in communities don't stand up against criminals, they fear for their lives & that of their childrens. In these communities gangsters & criminal rules. what is our local government doing to stem out these people.

  • Lee - 2012-03-08 09:02

    How low to use a child and it is quite obvious that he is no good for society. Lock him up and give him nothing but punishment throughout his stay in prison. He is not worth the air that we breath.

  • Xolani Mthethwa - 2012-03-08 09:18

    These people deserve to be hang because they became heroes in the prison.

  • Deon - 2012-03-08 09:19

    He looked at the joke "Send porn or I shoot the cat" once to often, illiterate mother..........!!!

      Sameeha Patel Patel - 2012-03-08 11:44

      u r heartless

  • barend.barney.schwab - 2012-03-08 09:20

    What has become of society if you shoot a child in front of his mother because of revenge, I think we are all in trouble

  • drishworth - 2012-03-08 09:21

    Absolutely tragic - my heart goes out to the Mother of this innocent child. No punishment is going to bring back this child but I hope justice is done and this despicable human being is made to pay for this dreadful crime. Sadly this 'man' symbolises the society that South Africa has become. Somehow, we as a nation need to bring back some humanity and value for human life. R.I.P. little one.

  • Vuyo - 2012-03-08 09:34

    If the story's details are correct . It then confirms that these are the kind of people we don't need in our society , and he should hang until he dies , no mercy at all. Prisons these days are 5* ( 5 star ) resorts , as they are not about punishment but rehabilitation however dangerous to society the crminal is .

  • Bianca - 2012-03-08 09:44

    absolutely heart-breaking. my deepest condolences to the mom, I cannot imagine losing a child, nevermind losing a child at the hands of a criminal. so incredibly sad

  • Gary - 2012-03-08 09:51

    i hope he gets hit by bus on his way to court!!

  • WigzellRM - 2012-03-08 10:02

    Too bad there is no more death penaty. He should get life without the possibility of parole.

  • Grant - 2012-03-08 10:16

    I understand that most citizens in SA support having the death penalty re-introduced. The goverment should hold a referendum on the issue and then ammend the constitution if needs be. A number of commentators on this thread feel that this murderer will be punished in jail. Why do we approve of other criminals, who maybe be guilty guilty of murder themselves, carrying out justice?

  • Liz - 2012-03-08 14:15

    Well ENews (13.00hrs) has just reported that he has appeared in court and said it was an "accident" he was just waving the gun around and it went off. The mother of the child supports the story.... Give the courts a chance to do their work so that the truth comes out.

      Jacques Wilbur Smith - 2012-03-08 17:50

      What was he doing waving a gun inside her house? What 18year old even owns a gun or a lawyer? What boggles me is why did he go to the police with a lawyer if it is an 'accident' as they say? Maybe the mother is now changing her story out of fear for her own life?

  • Jacques Wilbur Smith - 2012-03-08 17:52

    What was he doing waving a gun inside her house? What 18year old even owns a gun or a lawyer and as reported by todays etv news at 13h00? What boggles me is why did he go to the police with a lawyer if it is an 'accident' as they say? Maybe the mother is now changing her story out of fear for her own life?

  • mbulelo.mapukata - 2012-03-09 05:54

    he need to be jailed for life

  • Peter - 2012-03-09 06:28

    Life is cheap. Hand him to the community.

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