Man Who Killed His Three Children With Energy Drinks Has Died
The man from Ratanda near Heidelberg in Gauteng who allegedly killed his three children with energy drinks has died.
On 26 May 2022, iHarare reported that the man allegedly gave four of his five children energy drinks to take to school in the morning, which were believed to have been laced with rat poison. The boys complained of stomach cramps after taking the drinks.
Two of the children died at school, the third one died on the way to the hospital, while the fourth was admitted to hospital in a serious condition. The fifth sibling had reportedly refused to take the lethal drink.
The deceased brothers were aged 6, 13 and 16. As if that was not enough, the man also gave the poisonous substance to the family dog, which was found dead.
Colonel Brenda Muridili confirmed to TimesLIVE on Sunday that the 39-year-old man had died on Friday.
He had been hospitalised since May when he was found unconscious at his home, allegedly after he had tried to commit suicide hours after poisoning his children. He was under police guard in hospital, awaiting murder and attempted murder charges.
His family said he tried to take his life multiple times by drinking pills, stabbing his hands and thighs and attempting to slit his throat.
The family told the media that after the incident the man told a relative that ‘he had no idea what had come over him’.