Teen tried to kill uncles in their sleep, court hears

Johannesburg - A boy who allegedly tried to kill two of his uncles with an axe appeared in the Mkobola Magistrate's Court in Kwaggafontein on Monday, Mpumalanga police said.

The case was postponed to 25 September to find a bed for the 17-year-old at the Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital in Pretoria, where he would undergo mental observation, police spokesperson Selvy Mohlala said.

The teenager, who faces two charges of attempted murder, would be kept at a place of safety.

In the early hours of Sunday, 17 August the teenager went into the room where his uncles were sleeping and allegedly attacked them with an axe.

"He hacked and seriously wounded them on the heads."

The boy's father was awoken by the noise and went to investigate. He tried to calm his son down but he became more violent.

"The father then produced his licensed firearm and shot him in his leg to rescue the victims," said Mohlala.

The boy and the uncles were taken to hospital where they received treatment for their injuries. The boy was taken into police custody. The uncles were initially said to be in a critical condition, but later discharged from hospital.

"A case of attempted murder was also opened against the father, but the docket will be sent to the public prosecutor for a decision," Mohlala said at the time.

Several hours before the attack, the police were called to the family home as the boy had been hostile. The family said they suspected he was mentally unstable, Mohlala said.

"While the police were still at the house, the two uncles arrived as they were also called to come and assist," said Mohlala.

They told the police they would seek traditional assistance for him the next day.

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Paul Dennis Murison 2014-08-25 10:30:42 PM
What a joke. ! Well done to the old man.
Muridana 2014-08-25 10:40:08 PM
Should have aimed for the useless brains
Khutso Bokaba 2014-08-25 10:41:40 PM
Attempted murder charges against the father, let me guess. They NPA might send him to jail, thats our judicial system
Lebogang Casper Molomonyana 2014-08-25 11:00:17 PM
I guess the father was supposed to leave his brothers die while he can help them #zuma_is_walking_free
Hope Ratseke 2014-08-25 11:18:00 PM
lunch-bar obvious
Neville Graham 2014-08-26 01:34:45 AM
I'm a horror movie buff...have plenty of similar horror movies...guess i dont have to waste money buying these movies anymore, i'll just read the real life version on news24.
Alistair Campbell 2014-08-26 02:49:04 AM
Unless the Npa is staffed by a team of expert idiots, the father will not be prosecuted. He clearly used force that was in proportion to the imminent threat. A classic case of private defence.
Wikus Erasmus 2014-08-26 06:36:41 AM
Well done to the licensed firearm owner for saving two lives!
SunshinyDay 2014-08-26 08:17:12 AM
The father shot the boy in the leg to disarm him... not quite attempted murder but rather a necessary action. I hope the father isn't prosecuted at all... the uncles would have died had the father not shot his son.
Greg Page 2014-08-26 08:57:06 AM
Critical condition but later released???? Now ive heard it all..... but well done to the old man....