‘My mom started to burn and she was screaming. She never came ...

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‘My mom started to burn and she was screaming. She never came back’

An 11-year-old boy tells a Durban court how his father poured petrol over his mother and set her alight

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A Durban father has been jailed for 18 years for murdering his life partner by pouring petrol over her and setting her alight in front of their two children.

The key witness was his now-11-year-old son who was nine when he witnessed the crime.

The only other witness was his sister, who was six at the time, but she did not testify after Durban regional court magistrate Garth Davis ruled she was unable to distinguish between truth and lies, and “was susceptible to agreeing with everything an adult told her”...

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