South African parents are murdered in their own home and son, 12, is drowned in BOILING WATER
Three men broke into the house in Walkerville, Johannesburg, assaulting and shooting dead Tony Viana (right) and brutally raping and killing his wife, Geraldine (left). They then tied up and gagged the sobbing boy, Amaro, second left, and pushed him into a bath of scalding hot water to drown him, 'because he would be able to identify them'. (Also pictured, Gabriela Correia, Mr Viana's daughter from his first marriage.)
A 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'.
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.
Twisted: From left, Sipho Mbele, David Motaung and Patrick Petrus Radebe smiled in court as they admitted to their sick crimes
Torn apart: Amaro with his mother Geraldine and father Tony, who were shot to death by the robbers, along with Gabriela Correia, Mr Viana's daughter by his first marriage
Sick attack: Amaro, pictured with half-sister Gabriela, was tied up and gagged before being scalded to death
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 goods.
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.
The men will be sentenced on September 6.
Poignant pictures published on Facebook show the family, who are of Portuguese descent, relaxing together on holiday in the luxury South African resort of Sun City.
Appalling crime: The three men laughed as they walked back to their cells after pleading guilty at Vereeniging Regional Court, pictured
- A man having sex with a goat and a naked woman straddling a statue: Ancient Roman frescoes get a modern artistic makeover
- British girl caught having sex in Virgin aeroplane toilets as her PARENTS sat nearby
- Student posted 'revenge porn' nude pics of his ex-girlfriend because she 'gave evidence to cops about a burglary he was involved in'
- English teacher, 34, arrested for having sex with 17-year-old student seven times
- Pizza delivery man 'caught on hidden camera having sex with family dog'
- 11-year-old boy beaten by grandmother and mother who then POST VIDEO of abuse on Facebook
- Born into brothels: Behind the scenes of Kolkata's notorious red-light district where thousands of girls are forced into sex work
- Sex maniac doctor who used medical images as porn, sent naked selfies to patient ... and sexted DURING C-sections
- Police launch all-out search for amorous couple filmed having sex on public fountain in Russia
- Dougherty Gang sibling Lee Grace posed naked in XXX photo
- Girl, 15, tries to commit suicide after naked picture of her is posted online
- Nine suspected Al Qaeda members on trial in Yemen accused of plotting to kill the country's president and kidnap foreigners
- Gloom with a view: Abandoned German hotel that once allowed only the finest people to enter but is now home to bugs and cockroaches
- 'I lost nearly 2 stone in 24 HOURS': Sport scientist proves rapid weight loss IS possible (if you're prepared to exercise wearing bin bags, eat no carbs and drink nothing)
- Meet the big game huntresses who have killed more than 70 species
- Man plotting a murder butt dials his intended victim while talking to the hit man about how he should make it 'look like an accident'
- Widow of Dallas cop gunned down by JFK killer Lee Harvey Oswald forgives him
- Pictured for the first time: Communist sect 'leader' accused of keeping three women as slaves for more than 30 years
- Loving Family: Man 'had sex with his sister-in-law so that she could get pregnant rather than getting IVF treatments'
- Controversial pastor Arthur Allen dies in house fire
- Victims' families call Bulger 'Satan,' 'terrorist'
- Attacks in Iraq around religious ritual kill 22
- Rap Genius' Mahbod Moghadam had brain tumor that made him mean
- Paul McCartney writes to Putin asking to free Greenpeace protesters
- David Nabhan can 'predict earthquakes' and says next one in US will be on July 12
- Richmond County's handicap parking enforcement lags behind Columbia County
- Atlanta man's body found In California missing organs
- Local businessmen gather for Hall of Fame induction
- Phenix City Board of Education motions to dismiss lawsuit filed against them
- 'This whole thing -- it's a mess!' Obama's health care 'fix' angers insurance companies
- Supreme Court green-lights Obamacare birth-control showdown
- Deputies: Guyton man had sex on video with underage boy and dog
- Catholic girls' school teacher admits lesbian affair with student, 17, after plying her with alcohol
- Simon Cowell: The secret to success is being rubbish at school
- The great celebrity shoe's who: Yes, those vertiginous YSL heels are Kate Winslet's. But, as stars donate their favourite pairs to charity, can you match the other celebrities to their footwear?
- Kid-killing rapist found guilty of murdering 6-year-old boy who was trying to save his sister from fiend's brutal attack
- Oprah Winfrey's father ordered to pay $70K to ex-wife after 'adultery with prostitute'
- Sex-for-drinks scandal called "mamading" rocks Mallorca bars
- Serena Williams tops Victoria Azarenka to win U.S. Open title
- LANCE ARMSTRONG WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Drugs cheat meets his accuser Emma O'Reilly
- Bruce Lee didn't drink, but CGI Bruce Lee is in this liquor ad
- Sorry Charlie's facade inspection to take place Friday
- Sierra Club, Georgia Watch host public meeting on Georgia Power rate hike
- Christmas comes early in Columbus with The Landings parade.
- A model fan! Belgian teen lands L'Oreal contract after being photographed at World Cup game
- British girl who performed sex act on 24 men in Magaluf 'told she would win holiday'
- Samsung to launch a wraparound screen next year: Rumours abound that new Galaxy model could have a THREE-sided screen
- UGA teams with USDA to track dog treat illnesses
- UGA-Auburn game on CBS Saturday
Rate this article
|PHOTOS: Plastic Surgery Celebrity||Awkward family photos|
|UPDATED: Faces of Meth||PHOTOS: Celebrities all a-Twitter|