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UPDATE | 12 year old suspect remains under custody of a guardian

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Odendaalsrus – A 12-year old boy will remain under the custody of a guardian pending his next court appearance.

This is after he appeared (12-year old) at the Odendaalsrus Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 28 June 2021, for allegedly stabbing Lebogang Malgas (15) following an argument over a boy’s game.

“The case was postponed to Monday, 13 July 2021 for Social Workers’ assessment due to his age, to determine whether the boy is fit to stand trial,” Colonel Thandi Mbambo explains.

“It is alleged that Lebohang Malgas (15) and another 12 year old were playing a gambling game on the street at Blok 7 Kutlwanong, Odendaalsrus on Friday 25 June 2021 at about 19:30. The two later engaged in a heated argument and the 12 year old went home,” Police Spokesperson Brigadier Motantsi Makhele said.

According to Brigadier Makhele, on his (12 year old) return he allegedly pulled out a pocket knife and stabbed Lebohang in the chest.

The victim fell and was declared dead at the scene.

The deceased is a Grade 9 learner whilst the 12 year-old suspect is in Grade 6 at separate schools in Kutlwanong.

“The minor suspect was arrested and charged with murder, but was released under the custody of his guardian pending his court appearance,” Brigadier Makhele said.

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