Bronx killer sentenced to life

2014-12-08 16:57
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Cape Town - Former bouncer Willem Frederick John Coetzer was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of nightclub owner Bruno Bronn by the Western Cape High Court on Monday.

"You are sentenced... in respect of count one [to] life imprisonment," Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe told Coetzer.

Coetzer was sentenced to 15 years in prison for robbery with aggravating circumstances. This term would run concurrently with the life sentence.

Coetzer had offered very little in the form of mitigating factors which would compel the court to deviate from imposing the minimum prescribed sentences.

"Murder is very serious. We can only imagine the pain the deceased endured," Hlophe said.

"He [Bronn] even screamed for his life."

Despite Bronn pleading for his life on 6 February 2012, Coetzer had proceeded to murder him "in the privacy of his home" - another aggravating factor contributing to the life sentence.

"Clearly you are a violent person, given you already have a previous conviction for assault," Hlophe told Coetzer.

"You have not shown any remorse at all."

The fact that Coetzer had attempted to "frame other people", for the murder also counted against him, Hlophe said.

Coetzer's two co-accused, Fareez Allie and Achmat Toffa, were acquitted on the murder and robbery charges on Friday.

The evidence showed that Coetzer had acted alone, but had tried to pin the murder on Allie.

Toffa was also present in court on Monday after he was found guilty on a lesser charge of theft, because he benefited from the sale of some of Bronn's possessions after the murder.

Hlophe fined him R2 000.


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