National 25.8.2016 11:51 am

Germiston boy found dead alongside body of ‘kidnapper’

A group of women, including the mother of the murdered eight-year-old boy, sit in silent vigil at the site where the bodies were discovered at the Simmer and Jack landfill site, on Wednesday. Picture: Germiston City News.

A group of women, including the mother of the murdered eight-year-old boy, sit in silent vigil at the site where the bodies were discovered at the Simmer and Jack landfill site, on Wednesday. Picture: Germiston City News.

The alleged kidnapper was the boyfriend of the boy’s mother.

The body of an eight-year-old boy who had been reported kidnapped was discovered at the Simmer and Jack landfill site in Germiston on Wednesday, reports the Germiston City News.

The boy’s body was found alongside the body of his 41-year-old alleged kidnapper under a duvet on top of a hill at the landfill site.

They were discovered at noon by workers at the landfill site who saw the duvet and picked it up, making the gruesome discovery.

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The child, who lived in the Marathon informal settlement, had been missing since August 17, and his mother had opened a case of kidnapping on August 18 with the Germiston Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit after her boyfriend failed to return the child home or to school as agreed.

The drama unfolded after the boy’s mother and her boyfriend had an argument, and it had allegedly become abusive.

The woman told police he had said he wanted her to feel the same pain as he had when she refused his marriage proposal.

She claimed her boyfriend had become abusive and had thrown water over her and the child, and then hit her in the face with his open hand.

She fled the family’s home and went to the Primrose Police Station to report him.

The police accompanied her back to her home, and they found the man and child missing.

The man said he would return the next day with the child.

The woman tried to contact him on his cellphone, but it had been switched off, and eventually managed to contact him on her cellphone, which he had taken with him.

The woman told police he had said he wanted her to feel the same pain as he had when she refused his marriage proposal.

The man said he would return the next day with the child.

But this did not happen, and she went back to the police and opened a kidnapping case.

Extensive investigation by the Germiston FCS Unit ensued, as well as a search of the area, but the child and man could not been found.

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After the discovery of the bodies, the child’s mother was called to the scene and both bodies were positively identified.

Captain George Raphulu, head of communications for the Germiston SAPS, said: “An inquest docket has been opened for investigation and to determine the cause of death.

“This may be changed to murder at a later stage.”

Captain George Raphulu, head of communications for the Germiston SAPS points at the spot where the bodies of a 41-year-old man and the eight-year-old boy he kidnapped lie under a duvet at the Simmer and Jack landfill site, on Wednesday.

Captain George Raphulu, head of communications for the Germiston SAPS points at the spot where the bodies of a 41-year-old man and the eight-year-old boy he kidnapped lie under a duvet at the Simmer and Jack landfill site, on Wednesday.

The child’s mother was too traumatised to speak to the Germiston City News, and she and a number of other women from the community sat on the hill in a silent vigil while police went about their investigations.

Caxton News Service

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