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JOHANNESBURG — Police say a South African man who wanted to watch a World Cup match instead of a religious program was beaten to death by his family in the northeastern part of the country.
David Makoeya, a 61-year-old man from the small village of Makweya, Limpopo province, fought with his wife and two children for the remote control on Sunday because he wanted to watch Germany play Australia in the World Cup. The others, however, wanted to watch a gospel show.
“He said, ‘No, I want to watch soccer,’” police spokesman Mothemane Malefo said Thursday. “That is when the argument came about.
“In that argument, they started assaulting him.”
Malefo said Makoeya got up to change the channel by hand after being refused the remote control and was attacked by his 68-year-old wife Francina and two children, 36-year-old son Collin and 23-year-old daughter Lebogang.
Malefo said he was not sure what the family used to kill Makoeya.
“It appears they banged his head against the wall,” Malefo said. “They phoned the police only after he was badly injured, but by the time the police arrived the man was already dead.”
All three were arrested Sunday night, but Lebogang was released on $200 bail Tuesday, Malefo said. The other two are still being held in custody.
Malefo said the mother and son will reappear in the local Seshego Magistrates Court on July 27.
“He was always a happy man, never violent,” Makoeya’s nieces, Miriam and Anna, told the Daily Sun newspaper. “On Saturday, we saw him the last time at a funeral.”
The World Cup, being played in Africa for the first time, started Friday and runs through July 11. Although most the tickets for the 64-game tournament have been sold, many in South Africa are too poor to attend matches.
According to The Telegraph newspaper in England, a 40-year-old man was pulled over by the police as he drove a modified electric Barbie car â€” maximum speed, 4 miles an hour â€” on a street near his home in Clacton-on-Sea, England.
Paul Hutton, a former Royal Air Force aeronautical engineer who is studying electrical engineering, later admitted in court that he had been drinking. â€œI was very surprised to get done for drink-driving, but I was a twit to say the least,â€ he said.
He had added larger wheels to the toy car, which is designed for toddlers to scoot around the living room. â€œIâ€™m in the third year of my electrical engineering course, and it was a little project I was doing with my son, who is doing a car mechanics course,â€ he said. â€œWhen it was done, I couldnâ€™t resist the temptation to take it out.â€
The Sun reports that Mr. Hutton said he was driving it to a friendâ€™s house when he was pulled over. The police administered a breathalyzer test, which showed him to be over the legal limit.
â€œIâ€™m not unhappy with my punishment, just a little bit surprised,â€ he said.
Because Mr. Hutton had been previously cited for drunken driving within the past 10 years, his license was revoked for three years, and he was ordered to pay $130 in court fees.
â€œThis is most unusual,â€ said Magistrate Neil Munson. â€œI have never seen the like of it in 15 years on the bench.â€
While it was not clear exactly which model Mr. Hutton was driving, Fisher Price builds a Barbie Jeep that runs off a rechargeable 12-volt battery and retails for $250.
â€œThe vehicle is not even capable of doing the speed of a mobility scooter,â€ said Mr. Munson, â€œand could be outrun by a pedestrian.â€
This is a story out of New Zealand:
A man has been arrested after police found his baby alone in his car while he was visiting a Wellington strip club.
A Wellington police spokesman told NZPA the man was charged overnight on an outstanding arrest warrant, but further charges involving the baby could follow.
The 42-year-old was due to appear in Wellington District Court this morning.
Police were contacted after a member of the public spotted the baby in a car parked near Courtenay Place, in the central city, TVNZ reported.
They broke into the car and took the baby to hospital.
The baby’s father was discovered a short time later in a strip club and was arrested.