Young boy’s killer gets life

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THE De Aar High Court has sen­tenced a 36-year-old man to life be­hind bars for mur­der­ing a seven-year-old boy, North­ern Cape po­lice said yes­ter­day. Wil­liam Duiker was the youngest of seven chil­dren and was looked af­ter by a 21-year-old sib­ling. Po­lice spokesper­son Lieu­tenant-Colonel Di­makatso Mooi said the fam­ily lived on a refuse dump af­ter their fa­ther was sen­tenced to life be­hind bars for killing their mother. Jan Bester, the ac­cused, had been a friend of the boy’s fam­ily. Mooi said Wil­liam’s body was dis­cov­ered next to a rail­way line on Au­gust 25 last year. “The Duiker fam­ily were adopted by the De Aar po­lice in 2014, when it was dis­cov­ered that they were liv­ing at the dump, af­ter their fa­ther was sen­tenced to jail for mur­der­ing their mother”. “Var­i­ous stake­hold­ers” built a home for the fam­ily and fur­nished it, Mooi said. – ANA

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