Free State primary school learner arrested for fatally stabbing fellow pupil

Free State primary school learner arrested for fatally stabbing fellow pupil

A 15-year-old learner at Zama primary school in Zastron, Free State, is expected to appear in the local magistrate’s court soon after fatally stabbing a fellow grade six learner.

The suspect is reported to have been bullying the deceased. The principal sent the suspect home to bring his parents but he returned with a knife.

The incident happened on Wednesday.

Police say they are investigating a case of murder.

Police spokesperson sergeant Peter Kareli says the suspect is in police custody.

“Zastron police were called to a school where reports of a stabbing occurred. On arrival, members discovered that the suspect was chased and arrested by community members who witnessed the unfortunate incident. A teacher, who was nearby, took the victim in his vehicle with the knife still stuck in his chest to the hospital.”

“On his way [the teacher] met with emergency services who unfortunately declared the 15-year-old dead before he could reach the hospital. The 15-year-old suspect was arrested and charged for the murder and he will appear in court soon,” explains Kareli.

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