The pupil from Vosloorus East of Joburg who allegedly shot and killed a school bully will appear in court in October on a charge of premeditated murder, The Star reported on Tuesday.
The decision to go ahead with the trial followed a request by the pupil’s lawyer to have the case diverted and not go through the court process, which was turned down by the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP).
Advocate William Karam applied to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for his client to be placed in one of the diversion programmes aimed at young people accused of a crime, rather than being prosecuted.
The DPP turned down the application and Karam appealed the decision and approached the NDPP. The application was also turned down and he was informed that the pupil would be tried.
He was informed that the matter did not meet the requirements for a diversion programme.
“I’m very disappointed because when you clearly look at the facts of the case, the accused was young and the deceased was recognised by everyone as a problem child, a delinquent,” he told the paper.
The pupil allegedly used his mother’s police issue gun to shoot the alleged bully in the head.
He also faces a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition.