A Northern KZN man has been arrested for beating, beheading, and disembowelling his one-year-old niece.
The heinous crime occurred in the Mpumelelweni area of Nquthu, where the suspect came home allegedly under the influence of drugs.
He proceeded to grab his niece while her mother tried to fight him off, resulting in the suspect stabbing the mother. He then bludgeoned the toddler with a frying pan, bashed her head on the wall, and dropped her on her head, all in front of her mother. The man then took the toddler to another room, locked the door, and beheaded her. When the police arrived, they found the suspect walking around the house with the toddler’s head tied around his waist with a rope, and her intestines hanging from the roof.
The suspect has made his first appearance in the Nquthu Magistrate’s Court, where he faced charges of murder and assault. The case has been remanded, and he is expected to appear in court again on March 24, 2023, for his bail application.
The KwaZulu-Natal Social Development MEC, Nonhlanhla Khoza, has called on the local Magistrate’s Court to not grant the man bail, citing the severity of the charges against him and the impact of the crime on the community.
A team of social workers will picket outside the Nquthu Magistrates Court on Friday in support of the victim’s family.
MEC Khoza urged the community of Nquthu to stand together in solidarity with the family and ensure that justice is served. The safety and well-being of vulnerable children in our communities are of utmost importance, and granting bail to the accused could pose a significant risk to society and undermine the efforts made by law enforcement agencies to keep our communities safe.
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