A Gauteng man has been found guilty of murdering his 2-year-old son and attempting to kill his two other sons by intravenously feeding them poisoned Russians.

  • A father-of-three from Soshanguve has been found guilty of murdering his son and attempting to kill two other children.
  • It is believed that the man fed his sons intravenously and Russians with poison.
  • He was also found guilty of raping the mother of his children.

A father-of-three from Soshanguwe in Gauteng has been found guilty of murdering his 2-year-old son and attempting to kill his two other sons by feeding them intravenously and through Russians laced with poison.

He was also found guilty of three counts of violating a protective order and raping the mother of his children, with whom he had been in a relationship for 14 years.

He was sentenced in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday.

According to the press secretary of the National Prosecutor’s Office, Lumka Mahanjana, on January 8, 2019, the mother of the three boys issued a protection order against the man.

Mohanjana said the man, however, violated the order by breaking into her home, assaulting and raping her.

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According to Mohanjana, the court heard testimony about how the man’s family pressured the woman to drop the rape charge.

On August 24, 2019, he took a 2-year-old boy from his mother and went on to take two other boys, ages 8 and 11, from their paternal grandmother. He then took them to his residence, Mohanjana said.

Mahanjana said:

Along the way he fed them intravenously and Russians mixed with poison. When the 11-year-old refused to eat the veins, he attacked him and forced him to eat it.

According to her, the children felt sick after coming to the man. The man then called their mother and said he was going to kill them.

“The mother arrived to find the lifeless body of the 2-year-old on his bed. She called the police and took the other two children to the hospital,” said Mohanjana.

According to her, the man was detained the same day at the station after trying to kill himself. He has been in custody since his arrest.

According to Mohanjana, the judge noted discrepancies in the man’s testimony. The judge found the testimony of the two children to be honest and credible, and as a result the state proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt, she added.

The sentencing process will take place from November 7 to 11, 2022.

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