Youth shoots brother dead

Ottosdal - A youth was arrested for allegedly shooting dead his brother by accident at Witpoort farm, near Ottosdal, North West police said on Tuesday.

The 17-year-old boy, who shot his 21-year-old brother on Monday, was believed to be using his father's rifle to hunt warthogs, Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone said.

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“They were allegedly kneeling down and aiming at a warthog when the 21-year-old brother suddenly stood up,” Mokgwabone said.

“It is apparent that the minor, unaware that his brother was standing up, fired a shot, and the bullet allegedly hit the victim in the head.”

A case of murder and a case of negligent handling of a firearm were opened.

The boy was expected to undergo assessment by a social worker.