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Girl kills herself after being accused of stealing chocolate before surveillance video proved her innocence

By Mason White 8:48 AM February 28, 2014
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By: Anika Rao
A family was left heartbroken after their daughter committed suicide over false allegations.

Qiniso Mqadi,16, of South Africa, committed suicide a day after she was accused of shoplifting at the KwaMashu Shopping Centre, north of Durban.

The girl’s aunt, Bonisiwe Mqadi, 32, said that her niece came home crying and humiliated after she was accused of stealing a bar of chocolate. “She came home traumatized. She said that the guards treated her like a thief,” Mqadi said.

“She was humiliated when security guards yelled at her in front of staff and customers,” she added.

The next day, the family went to work, leaving the girl behind so she can get ready for school. However, when her mother Stella came home, she found her daughter’s body hanging in the bathroom.

Her mother also found a suicide note in which she wrote that she loved her parents and would miss them. She also made reference to the store which shamed her.

The victim’s family went to the store and demanded to see the surveillance cameras. The family claimed that they saw footage of the girl placing a bar of chocolate in her shopping cart.

“They just assumed that she wanted to steal it,” Stella Mqadi said. Police have launched an investigation into the incident.

A spokesperson for the store said they were still in the process of investigating the matter. The spokesperson also said that the security guards interrogated the girl after they believed that she was trying to hide the chocolate bar in her clothes.