Man received counseling after shooting boy

The Randburg Magistrate’s Court heard a Johannesburg man accused of shooting his domestic worker’s...

11-year-old Kgopotso is killed when his grandmother’s employer accidentally shoots him, believing that he was a robber. Picture: Rahima Essop/ Eyewitness News

The Randburg Magistrate’s Court heard a <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Johannesburg man accused of shooting his domestic worker’s grandson is in counseling as he tries to accept his actions.

Warren Vorster made his first appearance on Thursday and was granted R5 000.

He shot eleven-year-old Kgopotso Ramolefe at his Parkmore home on Tuesday night after mistaking the boy for an intruder.

When Vorster took to the stand his advocate read out a sworn statement on his behalf.

In it, Vorster said he was devastated and regretted shooting the boy who he claimed he was very fond of.

He accidentally shot the boy after the youngster’s grandmother warned him an intruder was trying to break into her room.

The 35-year-old said he saw a shadow in the room and fired what was meant to be a warning shot.

The court heard when police arrived they found Vorster huddled over the boy trying to revive him.

The case has been postponed to the end of the month.