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Man stabbed 16 times in hospital emergency ward after road accident and dies 6 days later

A Johannesburg man was stabbed 16 times in Carletonville Hospital in an apparent road rage incident on 20 December. The Times reports he died six days later. “Sudden, unexpected, unnecessary and senseless.” These were the words used to describe the killing of Karel Venter.

The security reaction officer in Carletonville, west of Johannesburg, was on his way to a call-out when he was involved in a collision. He and the six-year-old daughter of the other driver were taken to hospital.

Kwara Kekana from the Gauteng Health department spoke on behalf of the Carletonville Hospital, confirmed that the two “arrived in the hospital in separate cars” after an accident which left a child injured. She said the suspect brought his child into the hospital as Venter, who had backache, headache and bruises on both arms and right knee, was brought in.

“The father of the six-year-old stabbed the victim … in our hospital emergency department. Fortunately, the facility had two police officers present who immediately intervened after the private security officers who attended to the scene were also threatened by the perpetrator.

“The perpetrator was arrested on the spot, with one police officer getting injured in the process. The victim [Venter] was taken to Leratong Regional Hospital for higher care intervention,” said Kekana.

The Times reports that according to the police, the suspect is out on bail and his charge of assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm has been upgraded to murder.


[link url=""]Full report in The Times[/link]



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