Jailed Skierlik spree killer weds 18-year-old girl

2012-02-11 00:00

THE so-called Skierlik shooter, who is serving four life sentences for murdering four people in a shooting spree, married an 18-year-old girl this week.

Johann Nel, now 22, was 18 when he shot four people dead in the informal settlement near Swartruggens, North West.

He and 18-year-old Maryna Naudé met about a year ago when she went with her family to visit another inmate in the Rustenburg prison where Nel is incarcerated in the maximum security wing.

Nel’s lawyer, Frikkie Pretorius, said the pair later spoke to each other during an open day at the prison and Naudé began to visit him more and more.

“There are no dark motives,” Pretorius said.

“They are just in love,” he added.

He said the wedding was attended by a handful of family members, the minister and a social worker.

Naudé wore a wedding dress and carried a bouquet. There was no reception and Nel was taken straight back to his cell.

Nel was allowed to kiss his bride after Wednesday’s brief ceremony, but that will be their last kiss in a long while as he is not allowed contact visits. She lives in Pretoria with her family.

Pretorius said Nel is studying in jail and has expressed remorse for his actions in January 2008, when he went to the Skierlik informal settlement and opened fire at random, killing four people and wounding others. His victims included a young woman and her daughter.

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