25 years’ jail in wife’s murder

2017-08-22 06:00

A man responsible for the brutal attack on and death of his wife has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Steve Bastiaan (35) was sentenced in the Cape Town High Court on Thursday 3 August for murdering his wife in 2015.

After the attack Belinda Bastiaan was left fighting for her life. She was found by her family in a pool of blood on Sunday 21 June 2015 at 02:45.

She was found half-naked in the living room while her children slept in one of the bedrooms.

Belinda had been assaulted and her eyes gouged out. A medical examination later revealed that she had not been raped.

Police were alerted to the domestic violence incident and rushed to the Hyde Park home.

She was rushed to Groote Schuur Hospital where she died from her injuries on 7 August 2015.

Major-General Gregory Goss, commander of the Mitchell’s Plain policing cluster, said at the time that Steve had handed himself over to the police (“Man held for attacking wife”, People’s Post, 30 June 2015).

“We believe he attempted to rape his wife but failed to do so and then gouged out her eyes,” he said.

He was initially held for attempted murder but after his wife died the charge was changed to murder.

He faced three charges, namely assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, rape and murder.

He has now been sentenced to two years’ prison time for assault and 25 years for ­murder.

He was found not guilty of rape.

The investigator in the case was detective Sergeant Bradley Schuurman of the Mitchell’s Plain serious and violent crimes unit.

Mitchell’s Plain Police Station commander Brigadier Cass Goolam has welcomed the sentence, as it was handed down in Women’s Month and it has been almost two years since Belinda died.

“The officers have done excellent work in this matter and we commend them for their hard work and commitment,” he says.

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