Horrific murder because of ‘bad’ treatment

Two men pleaded guilty on Tuesday to murdering a
South African couple before drowning their son in a
bathtub full of boiling water.
Patrick Petrus Radebe, 24, and Sipho Mbele, 21,
admitted to breaking into the Johannesburg home of
53-year-old Tony Viana and his wife, 43-year-old
Geraldine , Sowetan Live reports. The two men raped
and shot Geraldine, then attacked Tony with a machete
and golf club before shooting him the head.
The two men said that when they realized the couple’s
12-year-old son, Amaro, would be able to later identify
them, they tied his hands and feet and drowned him in
the bathtub. Forensic analysis indicated that the boy
had been held in boiling water, the Daily Mail reports.
Before leaving, the robbers killed the family dog by
slicing open the animal’s stomach.
Radebe had been employed by the Viana family as a
gardener, while Mbele was the son of one of the
family’s servants. A third robber, 20-year-old David
Motaung, was with the men, and pleaded guilty to a
robbery charge.
A defense lawyer told the Vereeniging Regional Court
court that the men originally entered the home with
the intention to take revenge on Geraldine Viana for
treating her employees badly, according to a
translation of Beeld by South Africa’s News 24.
The three convicts were allegedly laughing together as
they returned to their cells after the proceedings.
Sentencing begins on September 6.

Source: huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/26/amaro-viana-drowned-boiling-water-robbers-_n_1706508.html

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