Tebogo Msimanga |
A 31-year-old man from Section A in Mamelodi East made his first appearance at the Mamelodi Magistrates’ Court on Friday facing a charge of attempted murder of an 8-year-old girl. The man and the mother of the minor are in a relationship.
It is alleged that on 24 April 2022, the couple had gone to a funeral where an argument broke between them. The following day while the mother of the minor had gone to a nearby car wash, the accused went to a house where she stayed to try and work things out. When he arrived, he found the minor with her grandmother.
National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Gauteng Spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana said it is alleged that the accused took a butcher knife he found in the kitchen and slit the throat of the minor. “The mother of the victim heard her mother screaming and quickly rushed home, took her injured child and rushed her to a nearby hospital. The child is currently in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).”
The accused was arrested after he handed himself over to the police at Hammanskraal Police Station under a false charge of assault. The matter is postponed to 05 May 2022 for a formal bail application.