Murder accused cousins back in court

2016-03-04 05:25

Johannesburg - Two cousins accused of repeatedly stabbing four of their relatives, including a six-month-old baby, before putting three of them into a bathtub filled with boiling water, are expected back in court on Friday.

The 21-year-old and 17-year-old allegedly attacked their cousins in Katlehong, on the East Rand, in December.

One of the relatives survived the stabbing and managed to fight their two attackers off before calling the neighbours for help.

The two are expected to appear in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court.

At their last appearance in February, the case was postponed for the State to receive DNA test results.

The tests were conducted on the bloodied clothing that the two were reportedly wearing on the day of the crime, as well as the knife used in the attack. 

Thembi Letsoalo, the mother of the two killed and the baby's grandmother, told reporters at the last court appearance that she was battling to accept that she had opened the door of her home to her children's killers.

She said the accused had a close bond with their cousins and they had since learned that during the attack, they were not under the influence of any substance.

Some of the family described the two suspects as good children. One of them was in college, while the other was still in high school.

Meanwhile divisions had formed in the family. Letsoalo said the mother of the 17-year-old accused, had denied that her child had any part in the crime.

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