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Diário de Moçambique / The building where the victim lives in the Matacuane neighbourhood, Beira city
Three teenagers between the ages of 15 and 17 are being detained for the attempted murder of the mother of one of them in the Sofala capital’s Matacuane neighbourhood.
The main suspect, son of the victim, puts the blame on his supposed accomplices. He says that at about 10:00 p.m. last Friday, he heard the doorbell ringing. “I went to open the door, thinking it was my big brother. But at the door were two young men holding a pistol, with which they threatened to kill me. They demanded money to buy drugs. They entered the house and silently went into the living room, where my mother was. They choked her until she fell down and then stole money and property,” he said.
The victim herself said she was watching the television when she suddenly felt her neck being squeezed and passed out.
The victim’s son said that when he saw her mother lying on the floor, he assumed that she was dead and determined on taking revenge.
“I dragged her body into the bedroom and then splashed oil into her bedroom and the living room. I set fire to the house and locked the doors. I wanted to kill the young people who took my mother’s life,” he said.
The police version is somewhat different. PRM spokesman in Sofala, Daniel Macuácua, said the main suspect set himself on fire and ran to tell the building’s guard that his mother had attempted suicide. The guard in turn alerted the fire brigade, who arrived in time to avoid the worst.
“Subsequent investigations and the victim’s statements disclosed the alleged attempted murder. The three suspects were detained,” Macuácua said.Source: O País
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