An argument over a stolen pit bull puppy ended tragically when a 14-year-old boy allegedly stabbed his 20-year-old brother to death.
The minor, who cannot be named, was released into his mother’s care, following his arrest on Tuesday afternoon. Cops say the teen’s own family had him arrested after he fled the scene.
Cops were called to Strat Caldecott Street, New Woodlands, just before 4pm when they found the barely breathing brother.
Sources say the teen brought the puppy home and when the dog’s owner arrived to claim the animal, he apparently became enraged and stabbed his brother in the neck when he tried to intervene.
The Daily Voice met with Basil Coetzee, the Lentegeur West, New Woodlands, Community Police Sub-forum Chairperson, who was present at the scene on Wednesday.
Basil describes in horror, arriving at the family home to find the bleeding and weak brother.
“That family has only been living in that house for three weeks,” he explains.
“When we arrived at the scene, we found the deceased on the couch and he had a knife wound to the neck.
“The walls and floors were covered in blood. I saw large blood loss on the couch and his pulse was weak.”
Basil says the young man died in the house shortly afterwards.
“Upon enquiry, we learnt the 14-year-old stabbed his 20-year-old brother in the neck during an argument over a pit bull,” he says.
Basil explains the teen fled the house but was later found by his family and was arrested.
“He was questioned and taken through the steps of investigation and placed in the care of his mother,” he adds.
“This is such a tragedy since it’s brother on brother.”
The young man was laid to rest yesterday according to traditional Muslim Rites.
Provincial Police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut says: “This office can confirm the incident.
“The suspect was arrested and the case is under investigation.”