Teen shot in cold blood, man ar­rested

Mother’s boyfriend put his arm around her neck and shot her in the head – claim

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - NON­TO­BEKO MT­SHALI non­to­beko.mt­shali@inl.co.za

AJOBURG fam­ily are mourn­ing the death of their daugh­ter, Mikaela Bagley, 19, after she was shot and killed, al­legedly by her mother’s boyfriend.

The bizarre shoot­ing was wit­nessed by Mikaela’s boyfriend, Kaylin Roberts, 19, who was trav­el­ling with Mikaela on Satur­day night.

Kaylin’s fa­ther, Grant Roberts, said the two were on their way to Mikaela’s home in Robertsham, Joburg, when they were flagged down by the al­leged gun­man.

Grant said he be­lieved the man knew the young cou­ple were on their way to Mikaela’s home, be­cause Mikaela had told her mother they were com­ing. The gun­man al­legedly parked his car not far from the house, and when the teenagers drove past, he stopped them.

Grant said Mikaela pulled over be­cause they recog­nised the man’s car.

“They thought that maybe he was with Mikaela’s mother and they wanted to give them the keys to the house. They parked the car be­hind him and he walked over to the driver’s win­dow.

“He put his arm around Mikaela’s neck and shot her in the head,” Grant said.

He was re­count­ing the in­ci­dent based on what his son had told him. Mikaela died in­stantly. “Kaylin got out of the car and ran and he (the gun­man) ran after him and kept on shoot­ing,” Grant said.

Kaylin was chased and shot at un­til he reached his par­ents’ house not far from where the shoot­ing oc­curred. He was un­harmed.

The Roberts fam­ily said they sus­pected there was an ar­gu­ment be­tween Mikaela’s mother and her part­ner, and that he took it out on Mikaela.

They are cer­tain that the mur­der was pre­med­i­tated.

Kaylin’s mother, Amanda Roberts, said se­cu­rity guards sta­tioned in the area where the shoot­ing oc­curred said they had seen the gun­man’s car be­ing driven around the sub­urb for some time, be­fore Mikaela and Kaylin drove by.

Grant said the gun­man had fin­gered Kaylin, a Grade 12 pupil cur­rently busy with his ma­tric exams, as the per­pe­tra­tor.

It was only after wit­nesses gave their ac­count of what had hap­pened to the po­lice that the man was ar­rested.

“He tried to take the blood off his hands and put the blame on a 19-year-old. What kind of a man does that?” Grant asked. He said the fam­ily were not sure if Kaylin would be able to con­tinue writ­ing his ma­tric exams.

“I don’t know how he’s go­ing to write. He’s feel­ing guilty for run­ning away. He feels re­spon­si­ble for what hap­pened,” Grant said.

Mikaela’s fa­ther, Curt Bagley, said he also sus­pected his daugh­ter was killed be­cause of a ven­detta. “I think it’s ven­detta, but we don’t know the mo­tive,” he said.

Po­lice spokesman Con­sta­ble Michael Kga­tle said the sus­pect had been ar­rested and charged with mur­der and at­tempted mur­der. He was ex­pected to ap­pear in court to­mor­row.

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