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I beat up my kid sister to death - brother

By unknown | May 07, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Dudu Busani

Dudu Busani

Christopher Chauke, 32, has pleaded guilty to murdering his teenage sister after she stole R2000 from him.

Chauke told the Johannesburg high court yesterday that he beat Patricia Chauke, 15, to death in full view of his wife and co-accused, Dolly Nwayila, 31, at their home in Tshiawelo, Soweto, in 2006.

His younger brother Roger, 20, who was charged with being an accomplice, was acquitted on all charges. Nwayila pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to allowing Patricia to be ill-treated while she was her legal guardian.

"I allowed Patricia to be ill-treated by the accused, who is my husband," Nwayila in a written statement. "I plead guilty to this charge because when she was being assaulted I was also at home."

On the night of the murder Chauke allegedly instructed his brother to tie Patricia's hands behind her back while he beat her up. The beating lasted throughout the night.

They tried to cover up the murder by claiming she had died of natural causes and by not informing the police. They also took the body to a private mortuary.

In a statement read out in court yesterday, Chauke said he beat up his sister because he wanted her to reveal where the money was.

"I didn't aim to kill her and in the process of assaulting her, I foresaw that she may die and reconciled myself with the said possibility," his statement said.

"I regret my conduct and having caused the death of a child that I brought up," he said.

The couple will be sentenced on June 18 and their bail was extended.


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