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Boy attempts to kill guardian

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KADOMA In a desperate bid to be reunited with his biological father, a 17-year-old Sanyati boy allegedly mixed his guardians antiretroviral (ARV) drugs with a deadly cotton pesticide with the intention to kill her, a magistrate has heard.

The teenager was arraigned before magistrate Takawira Mugabe, facing attempted murder charges as defined in section 47 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act chapter 9:23.

The State case, led by Yvonne Motsi, was that on January 30 at around 7pm in Sanyati, the accused dipped his 43-year-old guardians (name withheld) tablets into the pesticide.

The relationship between the accused and complainant was not mentioned in court papers.
Motsi said the accused wanted his guardian to relinquish her custodianship so he could be re-united with his father.

The complainant suspected her ARVs had been tampered with as they smelt of the pesticide, the court heard.

The matter was reported to the police who recovered the poisoned tablets, which would be produced in court as exhibits.

Mugabe remanded the youth who is being held at a juvenile reformatory, Kadoma Training Institute, to February 15.

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