Sheep shear stabber gets ten years

2017-05-24 06:02
Murder accused Melvin Louw has been sentenced to ten years in prison.

Murder accused Melvin Louw has been sentenced to ten years in prison.

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Melvin Louw (25) from Hopetown was sentenced on Wednesday (17/05) to ten years in prison by the Hopetown Regional Court for the murder of Johnny de Vries (36).

Louw is reported to have stabbed De Vries with a sheep shear while they were drinking alcohol with some friends in Hopetown.

The incident happened on Saturday 1 October 2016 at about 15:17.

Louw had apparently followed De Vries to the outside of the residence and stabbed him several times with the sheep shear.

De Vries died on the scene near the accused’s house in Hopetown.

According to Capt. Sergio Kock, police spokesperson, Louw was out on parole for a charge of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm at the time of his arrest.

“He did not receive bail and remained in custody until his senten-cing,” said De Kock.

Det.Sgt Capris Wes, who was the investigating officer, was applauded for a job well done by the Pixley ka Seme cluster commander, Brig. No-mahlubi Sofika.

“Police will leave no stone ­unturned and will ensure that per­petrators of crimes are brought to book,” he said.

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