The 16-year-old son of Dullstroom, Mpumalanga, who allegedly shot his 63-year-old grandfather with an air rifle on February 2, is officially charged with murder.
A source close to the investigation reported on Monday that the grandfather had repeatedly beaten a boy moments before the shooting incident.
“He then allegedly went to retrieve the windbreaker, which belongs to him, and shot his grandfather,” the source claims. Police earlier confirmed that the elderly man was shot in the torso.
The source did not want to elaborate on allegations that the grandfather regularly assaulted the boy.
Brig. Leonard Hlathi, provincial police spokesman, said the boy was still under his parents’ supervision.
Hlathi said the teen’s parole officer, a social worker, is now compiling a report that will be presented to the court.
“The report also examines the boy’s family history and emotional well-being,” says Hlathi.
The report will then be presented to the court to determine the boy’s fate.
Hlathi says there is no deadline for the report yet.