50 years behind bars

2016-08-23 06:00

A 41-year-old Lotus River man was sentenced to just less than 50 years in prison after he was found guilty of murder, attempted murder, rape, common assault and kidnapping.

Grassy Park police spokesperson Warrant Officer Wynita Kleinsmith says the accused, Johan Lewis, was sentenced in the Cape High Court on Friday 12 August to 47 years of which he must serve 35 years in prison.

“The suspect strangled the victim Tracey-Lee Meyer on 12 August 2013 in a house he rented not far from where the deceased resided. Meyer and the accused knew each other and after he raped her he strangled her to death,” Kleinsmith confirms.

Two other similar cases were part of the investigation against the accused.

Detective Sergeant Clifton Slinger from Grassy Park police completed a lengthy investigation against the accused.

Grassy Park Station Commander Colonel Shawn van Wyk thanked the officer for the brilliant investigation and urges the Grassy Park community not to protect perpetrators of crime against women and children, to speak out and to know they have a right to say no.

“(I feel the) heavy sentence given to the accused should be seen as significant as we are in the month of August (Women’s month),” Van Wyk said.

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