October 05 2006 at 12:23PM
A cellphone and a pair of shoes were what four street children got after stabbing and killing 52-year-old Quintin Boutel in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape police said on Thursday.
Spokesperson Superintendent Johann van Greunen said Boutel and his girlfriend Debra Fleisman, 42, were walking home from the Pub & Grub restaurant in Newton Park around 10.30pm on Wednesday when they were confronted by the youths.
Three girls and a boy, between the ages of 13 and 14, attacked the couple. The boy allegedly stabbed Boutel who died on the scene.
The children then allegedly took Boutel's cellphone, and Fleisman's shoes.
Fleisman was not injured in the robbery and later identified the attackers, who were taken to Stepping Stones, a place of safety for children.
The four suspects would appear in court on Friday.
Van Greunen said in some cases children who were found guilty of such crimes would be sentenced to about two years in a juvenile facility.
Or they would be sentenced and retried when they were 18 before serving time in jail. - Sapa