12-year-old boy was drowned in a bath of boiling water by robbers who
raped his mother before killing both his parents in a violent house
robbery. Three men broke into the family’s
home in Walkerville, Johannesburg, where they assaulted and shot dead
Tony Viana, 53, and brutally raped and killed his wife, Geraldine. They then tied up
and gagged the sobbing boy, Amaro, and pushed him into a bath of
boiling hot water to drown him, ‘because he would be able to identify
them’. ….. picture of the family and criminals when you continue.
The family’s gardener, Patrick
Petrus Radebe, 24, their domestic servant’s son, Sipho Mbele,
21, pleaded guilty to three charges of murder and one charge of rape
each, reported Sowetan Live.
David Motaung, 20, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to robbery charges. They then left the South African court and walked back their cells laughing, according to Beeld newspaper. The family dog was killed by having his stomach cut open.
The men’s lawyer told Vereeniging Regional Court that they had broken into the house to steal and to get revenge for the way they had been treated by 42-year-old Mrs Viana, their employer.
The court heard that Mr Viana
arrived home at the house to be attacked with a golf club and
a machete-like ‘panga’ and ordered to open the family’s safe.
He was tied up and his wife and son, who arrived shortly after, were tied up in separate rooms.
Mbele then raped Mrs Viana while
Radebe helped restrain her by standing on her face before raping her
too. They then shot her with her husband’s gun before shooting him in
the head too, reported praag.org.
The accused admitted they then realised Amaro would recognise him.
Their statement said: ‘We went to
the bathroom and turned on the tap. We went to [Amaro] him and gagged
him because he was crying. We forced him into the bath face down,
knowing that he would drown.’
According to Beeld, Mbele and Radebe
admitted guilt on charges of burglary with the intent to steal, robbery
with aggravating circumstances, the possession of an unlicensed
firearm, the illegal possession of ammunition and intentional damage to
From forensic evidence tendered in
court, it was clear that the boy was held down in boiling water. The
exact cause of his death has however not yet been determined by state
pathologists. The boy’s hands and feet were tied.