Dogs maul child to death; murder and rape suspects sought

A five-year-old girl was fatally attacked by two vicious Pitbulls, yesterday, 15 January 2019, at approximately 17:00, at White River, near Nelspruit.

Information at police disposal revealed that a 51-year-old woman who is the owner of the dogs and also neighbours with the victim's parents was reportedly coming from work, accompanied by the little girl. As soon as she opened her gate, the dogs are reported to have suddenly attacked the young girl, fatally wounding her. All role players were called and she was certified dead at the scene. A case of culpable homicide was opened and an investigation is underway.

Meanwhile, police at Calcutta, near Hazyview, are looking for a 37-year-old woman who allegedly stabbed her 17-year-old son in the early hours of yesterday morning.

It is alleged that the mother and son had an argument over an Identity Document, before stabbing the boy to death. He was found by community members lying on the street. Police were called to the scene and are investigating a murder case.

In another incident, a 17-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by her ex-boyfriend, yesterday.

It is reported that, the girl was on her way to school with her friend when she met her ex-boyfriend along the way. He allegedly pointed her with a firearm and threatened to kill her if she did not comply with his instructions. He then dragged her to his house and forcefully raped her.

The suspect is still at large and police are requesting anyone with information concerning his whereabouts to contact Warrant Officer Ekson Maluka at 082 469 2940.

Regarding the mother and son case, police request anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of the suspect to contact Lieutenant Colonel Dudu Shabangu on 082 469 2569 or the crime stop line number 08600 10111.

Source: South African Police Service