17-year-old teenager killed by relative in Pretoria

A case of premeditated murder and attempted concealing traces of the crime was reported in Pretoria. Allegedly a 32-year-old Pretoria woman killed her niece and tried to frame it as a suicide.

Pretoria police officials said that a woman approached them on Tuesday and said that her 17-year-old niece had committed suicide. A forensic expert is examining the body of the deceased teen to ascertain the cause of her death.

“It is believed that following an argument with the deceased yesterday [Tuesday] afternoon, the suspect allegedly immersed her niece in a bath of hot water inside their flat in Sunnyside. Preliminary investigations led the police detectives to believe that the victim had suffered burn wounds to her upper and lower body,” police spokesperson Captain Daniel Mavimbela said.

“The suspect will be charged with murder. She is expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court soon, within 48 hours,” said Mavimbela.

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