Boy (8) stabs dad to save mom

Step­fa­ther who al­legedly killed part­ner fights for life in hospi­tal Trau­ma­tised chil­dren, in­clud­ing 10 month-old, taken to place of safety

Sowetan - - Front Page - By Per­tu­nia Mafok­wane and Prom­ise Marup­ing

An eight-year-old boy al­legedly stabbed his step­fa­ther sev­eral times as he tried to pro­tect his mom, who was be­ing at­tacked by the man with a knife. The boy’s ef­fort was how­ever fu­tile, as his mother suc­cumbed to her in­juries. Po­lice said the 41-year-old man stabbed his 35-year-old lover in front of her three chil­dren, aged 10 months, four and eight years, in their rented room in Tor­nado in KwaThema, Springs, on the east rand, on Mon­day morn­ing.

This hap­pened as the coun­try is ob­serv­ing 16 Days of Ac­tivism for No Vi­o­lence Against Women and Chil­dren. A neigh­bour, who did not want to be named, said the boy came out of the house cry­ing as he ran to the po­lice sta­tion, about a kilo­me­tre away. “The boy was run­ning very fast … cry­ing out loudly. I saw peo­ple run­ning in the di­rec­tion of the house,” he said. The neigh­bour said he also went to the house, where he found peo­ple try­ing to break down the door. “Some­one came with a spade; I took it and broke the win­dow.

“I could not be­lieve my eyes when I pulled the cur­tain. The tod­dler [10 months] was hold­ing on to his mother, cry­ing. He was soaked in blood. “The mother was try­ing to move but she was in a lot of pain. The four-year-old child stood next to his bleed­ing mother, mo­tion­less.”

The man said the sus­pect, who was still in­side the room, was not both­ered by peo­ple who had gath­ered in the yard call­ing on him to open the door. “He just picked up the tod­dler and sat on the bed. The child looked like he had been pulled out of a pool of blood.” The neigh­bour said po­lice re­sponded promptly, and that the woman was cer­ti­fied dead on the scene by paramedics who ar­rived soon after the po­lice. An­other neigh­bour said she heard screams be­fore the at­tack. “I heard peo­ple scream­ing but I thought it was chil­dren play­ing. I re­alised that some­thing was wrong when the boy ran out of the gate scream­ing and cry­ing. He was say­ing, ‘that man is killing my mother... my mother is dy­ing’. I then went to the house.” The woman said she was shocked when she saw the child’s step­fa­ther be­ing moved out on a stretcher.

“He was stabbed by the young boy who was try­ing to pro­tect his mother,” she said. She said the cou­ple moved into the rented room only four days be­fore the in­ci­dent. Po­lice spokesper­son Cap­tain Mavela Ma­sondo said the chil­dren were taken to a place of safety un­til their rel­a­tives could be traced. “The sus­pect stabbed the vic­tim sev­eral times in full view of her three chil­dren. It is fur­ther al­leged that the de­ceased’s eight-yearold son took out a knife and stabbed him mul­ti­ple times, try­ing to stop him from fur­ther hurt­ing his mother.” The man is un­der po­lice guard in hospi­tal. He will ap­pear in the Springs mag­is­trate’s court after re­cu­per­a­tion.

/ SANDILE NDLOVU

A win­dow was bro­ken as peo­ple tried to stop a man who was al­legedly stab­bing his lover in­side a room they were rent­ing in KwaThema, Springs, on the east rand.

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