Culpable homicide case against Free State man after girlfriend mauled to death by pit bulls not enrolled in court

Culpable Homicide Case Against Free State Man Not Enrolled in Court

Details of the Incident

A culpable homicide case against a Free State man, who was arrested after his girlfriend was mauled to death by his pit bulls, has not been enrolled in court. The tragic event occurred on Monday in Namibia Square, near Bloemfontein. The victim, a 28-year-old woman, was visiting her boyfriend when she was attacked by his three pit bulls.

Arrest and Charges

The 42-year-old man was arrested two days later in Mangaung. Despite being charged with culpable homicide under the Animal Matters Amendment Act of 1993, he did not appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court as scheduled on Thursday. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) confirmed that the case was not enrolled.

Scene and Response

Police spokesperson Thabo Covane described the scene where the woman was found severely injured by the dogs. “The police rushed to the scene and found the 28-year-old victim lying on the ground, severely bitten by the dogs. The injuries were mostly on the lower parts of the body,” Covane said. Members at the scene had to put down three of the dogs, while the local SPCA took another dog and its puppies to safety.


Legal Proceedings and Next Steps

The reason for the case not being enrolled in court has not been disclosed. This incident raises questions about legal accountability and animal control, highlighting the complexities involved in such tragic situations.

This case underscores the importance of responsible pet ownership and the potential legal consequences when animals cause harm. It remains to be seen what further actions will be taken by the authorities regarding this incident.

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