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Delay in orphan's milk poison case

By unknown | Jun 10, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

McKeed Kotlolo

McKeed Kotlolo

The attempted murder case of a teenage orphan who allegedly spiked her family's milk with rat poison, has been postponed to next week.

The 17-year-old girl appeared in the Volksrust magistrates' court in Mpumalanga yesterday on charges of attempted murder and magistrate Ronnel Deacon postponed the case to next Friday for further investigation.

The Grade 10 dropout from Volksrust allegedly tried to kill her cousin, 22, the cousin's two-year-old son, her aunt, 40, and the aunt's two grandchildren, aged 6.

The girl was arrested last month after she allegedly added rat poison to milk that was to be consumed by her family.

She claimed she had poisoned the family members because she believed they hated her and feared they might kill her.

"She decided to kill them before they killed her," said Superintendent Abie Khoabane of Mpumalanga provincial police.

She allegedly had a grudge against her cousin, who occupied her late parents' house. She wanted the house for herself. During her previous appearance, the court sent her to a local place of safety but the decision was changed yesterday when she was placed under the care of relatives in Standerton, Mpumalanga.


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