11 year-old held in conection with death of 6 year-old boy

  An 11 year-old boy was questioned by SAP detectives yesterday in connection with the murder of the 6 year-old boy, Decan Anoster, whose body was found in the bushes in St Francis early yesterday morning.  

The juvenile is being held in a place of safety. A case of murder is being investigated by the Family Violence Child Protection and Sexual Offence Unit of Humansdorp.

According to Warrant Officer Basil Seekoei of th SAP Uitenhage, the boy held for questioning “was removed and put in a place of safety for his own safety and also to assist the police in their investigation.”

Decan is the son of Maria Anoster of Sea Vista.

Seekoie said this morning a statement was obtained from the witness who found the body in the bush.  He declined to reveal any further details. “The investigation is in its early stage and we will not divulge information that can jeopardise the successful prosecution of the suspects involved.”

Decan was found in the bushes above Assisi Drive by a Sea Vista resident at around 3 am on 26 February. He had a single stab wound to the neck.

This prompted at least 50 women from Sea Vista to abandon their work and to toyi-toyi late yesterday morning in Kansies road in front of the St Francis Bay police station.

“We have had enough of abuse against women and children!” they said.

We demand to know who found the boy and what he was doing in the bushes at 3 am, “women angrily chanted.

Preliminary investigation indicate no physical abuse or sexual assault to Decan, Seekoei said yesterday afternoon. The name of the finder of the body cannot be revealed, he further said. “It’s been alleged that the boy had a stab wound on the neck.  A formal post-mortem will be held soon.”

Sea Vista women said they were angry as they believe not enough was done to find the missing boy. “No members of the community were informed – we would have searched for him ourselves if we had known he was missing,” they said.

“Also why did they not let all the security companies know as they would have sent their personnel to look for the boy whose body was found six hours he was reported missing!” These sentiments of the Sea Vista women have been echoed by horrified residents of St Francis Bay itself who have expressed their outrage in comments on FB today.  many want to now why a “Missing child Alert” was not put out on the wires.

Seekoei said in a statement that the SAP “alerted all surrounding police stations, security companies and also visited the last address that the boy was found at last week. “ But the owner of one of the main security companies in St Francis said their company was definitely not alerted about a missing boy.
Meanwhile a relative told St Francis Chronicle that the boy did not attend school on 25 February. He had played truant. He was seen at a creche in Elf Street at about 2 pm. At about 3 pm he and a friend were seen going to the beach. That was the last anyone saw of him. His grandmother became anxious when he had not returned by late evening and then reported the incident to the police station.