2007-11-19: Child may have witnessed his mother's murder

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2007-11-19: Child may have witnessed his mother's murder

Postby Rudi » Mon, 2007-11-19 19:53

Child may have witnessed his mother's murder


November 19 2007 at 09:42AM

A six-year-old KwaZulu-Natal child is believed to have witnessed the murder of his mother and thereafter saw his father turn the gun on himself, police said on Monday.

Police spokesperson Inspector Joey Jeevan said Nozipho Chikwane, 31, was found dead in her Howick home on Sunday with a gunshot wound in the head.

The body of her boyfriend Derrick Msomi was found nearby - also with a gunshot wound to the head. He is in a critical condition at Greys hospital.

Jeevan said neighbours heard the gunfire and alerted police.

"Police believe that the couple may have been involved in a domestic dispute which resulted in Msomi firing a shot at Chikwane, who was fatally wounded and he thereafter turned the gun on himself," Jeevan said.

"Police have also established that the couple's six-year-old son was inside the house during the time of the incident but was unharmed," she said.

The boy was receiving trauma counselling, police said. - Sapa
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