Uncle shoots nephew by mistake

Dutywa - A man was arrested in Dutywa, near Butterworth, on Sunday after he allegedly shot dead his 18-year-old nephew by accident, Eastern Cape police said.

The 18-year-old, a matric pupil, knocked at the door of his uncle's house around 01:30, Captain Jackson Manatha said.

In the dark, the uncle, 33, opened the door and fired a shot from his licensed firearm, hitting the younger man in the chest.

When the light was switched on, the man discovered he had shot his nephew and rushed him to the Dutywa Health Centre. Nurses declared him dead on arrival.

The 33-year-old handed himself in to police. His gun would be sent for ballistic testing. He would face a charge of murder in the Dutywa Magistrate's Court on Monday.

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Victor Ndabenhle Mkhaliphi 2014/08/04 07:40:02 AM
People with guns, shooting behind a closed door - in the dark! No attempt to find out who was knocking, clearly that is gross negligence and the uncle must be prosecuted.
Sibabalwe Afrotainment Semane 2014/08/04 07:55:30 AM
Eish Oscar
Letics Vidual 2014/08/04 07:58:47 AM
"He opened the door ..and fired a shot", was it so hard to scream out " who is it? I guess that is his side of the story
Morubula Huma 2014/08/04 08:07:13 AM
would a real Criminal come Knocking on the Front door
Da Maffuccin Boss 2014/08/04 08:13:32 AM
news24, when are you going to do thourough investigation before publishing your stoties? 'a knock on the door @ 01:30, a man opened the door and fired a shot' nxa!
Schulla 2014/08/04 08:17:25 AM
This is South Africa people!!!These things happen!!! Because people are scared and paranoid and who can blame them!!This is not a way to live.
Miles Lancmore 2014/08/04 08:23:42 AM
Trigger happy fingers land you in jail.
Vincent VinSaint 2014/08/04 08:24:54 AM
Infront or back, doors are just not safe to get close to.# Knock, open and bang!
Japhet Gochela Mangena 2014/08/04 08:28:58 AM
A proudly South African leaves guns if not a gun even pastors too
Hennie Bezuidenhout 2014/08/04 08:30:18 AM
Just shoot? now THAT'S a mistake.....