Boy (16) held for 'poisoning' grandparents

June 23, 2015, 7:39am

Boy (16) held for 'poisoning' grandparents

By Denver Kisting

A SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD boy was denied bail yesterday after allegedly poisoning four people and killing an elderly woman, Aletta Wilhelmina Cloete (66), in the process.
This came after the boy allegedly served tea to Cloete, her husband and two sons. It is alleged that the tea contained jackal poison.
Police spokesperson deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi yesterday said the boy prepared tea for the four adults last Friday morning.
It is understood that Cloete finished her tea, while her husband and sons did not finish theirs because they tasted “something funny”.
Shortly after drinking the tea, the men and woman started feeling ill, the police officer said.
A cattle herder apparently came to their rescue and an ambulance was rushed to the farm. En route to the St Mary's Hospital at Rehoboth, Cloete died.
Cloete's husband and sons are recovering in the hospital at Rehoboth.
It is claimed that the boy no longer wanted to stay on the farm.
The Afrikaans-speaking teenager, who was arrested on Friday, made a brief appearance before magistrate George Mbundu in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court in Katutura yesterday morning.
Public prosecutor Anthony Wilson acted on behalf of the state.
Wilson informed the magistrate that the state is opposing bail, because the accused juvenile has no fixed address and due to the seriousness of the matter.
He faces one count of murder and three charges of attempted murder.
It was ruled that the teenager be held in a separate cell for juveniles at the Dordabis police station.
At the time of his first court appearance yesterday, there was no guardian present in court. The magistrate directed that social welfare should appoint a guardian for him.
The accused's name is known to The Namibian but is being withheld because of his age.
His court case has been postponed to Thursday, 27 August, for further police investigations to be carried out.
An autopsy was conducted on the woman's body yesterday. The verdict was 'undetermined' and samples were sent for further analysis at the laboratory.
Cloete's 16-year-old grandson who was on the farm during the incident appears not to have drunk from the tea.

The Namibian