Cape Town man gets 25 years for murdering partner on Christmas Day

2015-10-27 14:10
The Western Cape High Court in Cape Town. (Paul Herman, News24)

The Western Cape High Court in Cape Town. (Paul Herman, News24)

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Cape Town – A Parow man has been sentenced to 25 years in jail after pleading guilty to robbing and killing his partner on Christmas Day last year.

Gerhardus Joshua Albrecht, 25, was sentenced in the Western Cape High Court on Monday in terms of a plea and sentencing agreement, said provincial National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila.

Albrecht told the court he visited his 62-year-old partner Ernest Will in Diep River to ask for money.

They started drinking and an argument apparently ensued.

"Albrecht hit Will on the head with a porcelain dish, then a bottle of brandy, bottle of whisky and a knobkerrie," Ntabazalila said.

Albrecht, a drug user, then tied him up with a cellphone cable, gagged him and left him for dead.

He took Will’s necklaces, earrings, antique coins, watches and his Mazda Rustler.

The vehicle was later sold to his drug supplier.

He was arrested on January 14.

According to Ntabazalila, the court handed down 25 years in jail for the murder and 15 years for robbery with aggravating circumstances. The sentences would run concurrently.

The NPA welcomed the sentences.

"Criminals do not enter into plea and sentencing agreements because they have become born agains," Ntabazalila said.

"They are forced by the overwhelming evidence against them and realise that it would be difficult to escape their time in jail."

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