‘Killers deserved to hang'

2007-11-15 00:00

elatives of murder victims Patricia Kippen and Elaine Anderson were satisfied yesterday with the sentences meted out to their killers, but said they would welcome the return of the death penalty.

Family members were upset by the “lack of remorse” displayed towards them in court by the killers, who smiled and spoke to each other incessantly through the proceedings.

They also allegedly made “signs” at the victims' relatives in the gallery, imitating the pointing of a firearm.

“[Killer Simphiwe Christopher] Khesi turned around and said that they are dead now, so what are we worried about,” one family member told The Witness.

Anthea King, Anderson's daughter, said she is “happy” that justice has been done although her mother's murderers deserve death. Her sentiments were echoed by Anderson's sisters, Judy and Margaret, who asked that their surnames not be published.

Frances Johnson, Patricia Kippen's mother, cried bitterly after sentencing. “How could they kill my child? I can never get her back,” she sobbed.

Johnson, supported by other relatives, said the family are satisfied with the court's sentences.

The court heard that Anderson leaves four children and 10 grandchildren.

Kippen leaves a son, aged 19, and daughter, 14.

Anderson was said to be very involved with church work, while Kippen did voluntary work in the community assisting unemployed people.

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