Armed robbers drowned boy, 12, in boiling water after they raped his mother and killed both his parents.

A 12-year-old boy was drowned in a bath of  boiling water by robbers who raped his mother before killing both his parents in  a violent house robbery.

Three men broke into the family’s home in  Walkerville, Johannesburg, where they assaulted and shot dead Tony Viana, 53,  and brutally raped and killed his wife, Geraldine.

They then tied up and gagged the sobbing boy,  Amaro, and pushed him into a bath of boiling hot water to  drown him, ‘because  he would be able to identify them’.

The family’s gardener, Patrick Petrus  Radebe, 24, their domestic servant’s son, Sipho Mbele, 21, pleaded  guilty to three charges of murder and one charge of rape each,  reported Sowetan  Live.

David Motaung,  20, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to robbery  charges.

They then   left the South African court and walked back their cells laughing,  according to Beeld  newspaper.

The  family dog was killed by having his stomach cut open.

The men’s lawyer told Vereeniging  Regional Court that  they had broken  into the house to steal and to get revenge for  the way they had been treated by 42-year-old Mrs  Viana, their employer.

The court heard that Mr  Viana arrived home at the house to be attacked with a golf  club and a machete-like ‘panga’ and  ordered to open the family’s safe.

He was tied up and his wife and son, who  arrived shortly after, were tied up in separate rooms.

Mbele then raped Mrs Viana while  Radebe  helped restrain her by standing on her face before raping her  too. They then  shot her with her husband’s gun before shooting him in the head too, reported  praag.org.

The accused admitted they then  realised  Amaro would recognise him.

Twisted: From left, Sipho Mbele, David Motaung and Patrick Petrus Radebe smiled in court as they admitted to their sick crimes

Twisted: From left, Sipho Mbele, David Motaung and  Patrick Petrus Radebe smiled in court as they admitted to their sick crimes

Torn apart: Amaro with his mother Geraldine and father Tony, who were shot to death by the robbers, along with Gabriela Correia, Mr Viana's daughter by his first marriage

Torn apart: Amaro with his mother Geraldine and father  Tony, who were shot to death by the robbers, along with Gabriela Correia, Mr  Viana’s daughter by his first marriage

Their statement said: ‘We went to  the  bathroom and turned on the tap. We went to [Amaro] him and gagged  him because  he was crying. We forced him into the bath face down,  knowing that he would  drown.’

According to Beeld, Mbele and Radebe  admitted guilt on charges of burglary with the intent to steal, robbery  with  aggravating circumstances, the possession of an unlicensed firearm, the illegal  possession of ammunition and intentional damage to goods.

From forensic evidence tendered in court, it  was clear that the boy was held down in boiling water. The exact cause of his  death has however not yet been determined by state pathologists. The boy’s hands  and feet were  tied.

The men will be sentenced on September 6.

Poignant pictures published on Facebook show  the family, who are of Portuguese  descent, relaxing together on holiday in the  luxury South African resort of Sun City.

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