Robbers poured boiling water over toddler, court told

2016-04-25 19:21

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Pietermaritzburg - The Pietermaritzburg High Court on Monday heard harrowing evidence of how an attacker poured boiling water over a child during a robbery at a house in Albert Falls in March 2012.

Child minder, Sumaya Valli, 32, said she would never forget the face of the assailant.

"Hand me the baby or I'll burn you and him," Valli said she had been told by a gun-wielding invader.

At the time, she was taking care of a 2-year-old boy.

The woman refused to hand over the toddler, believing he would not harm a small child.

But then he took a kettle of boiling water and poured half over her and the toddler, a 7-year-old girl, and adults who were in the house.

The child minder said the assailant returned to the kitchen for a second kettle of water, saying: "It seems the water is not working, I'll have to put on an iron."

Dressed in a burka, with only her eyes and hands showing, Valli was the first witness to testify in the trial against Mvusi Dlamini, 30, and Lucky Mbonambie, 28, and Siyabonga Mchunu, 52.

The men face 10 charges, including assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, vehicle theft and possession of a semi-automatic handgun.

Asked by prosecutor Ncedile Dunywa whether she could identify the assailant who threatened and assaulted her, Valli identified Dlamini as her attacker.

A certificate from the doctor who treated her said there were serious burns on her arms, legs and body.

She developed blisters on her hands and head and was robbed of a diamond ring.

Before their 40-minute ordeal was over, the attackers forced all the house's occupants onto their knees on a gravel driveway and they were made to crawl on the rough gravel, the court heard.

The three counsel representing the accused told the court that their clients had been told of the prescribed penalty of 15 years' jail for armed aggravated robbery.

Meanwhile, a former accomplice would testify against the accused, the prosecution said.

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