Some people are just monsters.
Two South African men, Patrick Petrus Radebe, 24, and Sipho Mbele, 21, pleaded guilty to murdering a couple before drowning their son in a bathtub full of boiling water.
Radebe and Mbele admitted to breaking into the Johannesburg home of 53-year-old Tony Viana and his wife, 43-year-old Geraldine, and then committing rape and murder.
The two men raped and shot Geraldine, then attacked Tony with a machete and golf club before shooting him in the head.
According to the Citizen, Radebe and Mbele said that when they realized the couple's 12-year-old son, Amaro, would be able to later identify them, they tied his hands and feet and drowned him in the bathtub.
But forensic analysis indicated that the boy had been held in boiling water.
Before leaving, Radebe and Mbele killed the family dog by slicing open the animal's stomach.
Radebe had been employed by the Viana family as a gardener, while Mbele was the son of one of the family's servants. A third robber, 20-year-old David Motaung, was with the men, and pleaded guilty to a robbery charge.
A defense lawyer told the Vereeniging Regional Court that the men originally entered the home with the intention to take revenge on Geraldine Viana for treating her employees badly.
The three convicts were allegedly laughing together as they returned to their cells after the proceedings. Sentencing begins on September 6.
For such a heinous act, Radebe, Mbele and Motaung should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Viana family.
Above: 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.
Above: From left, Sipho Mbele, David Motaung and Patrick Petrus Radebe stands in court while admitting to their sick crimes.