Convicted killer wins sentence appeal

2012-11-02 12:18
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Johannesburg - The life sentence imposed on a man convicted of beating an elderly Centurion nurse to death in 2003 has been commuted on appeal to 16 years, it was reported on Friday.

This meant Marius Halgryn, 29, who had already served eight years, would serve just eight more years, Beeld reported.

Halgryn murdered Cecilia Hendrina Sieberhagen, 65, in April 2003, after she offered him a cup of coffee at her home while he was selling her and her husband an oven. He later stole her car.

According to the newspaper, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria found that Halgryn's charge sheet had neglected to mention that he could face a life sentence if found guilty.

The court also found that he had also not been told during his trial that he faced a possible life sentence, and that this was an oversight.

The court ruled that for these reason, and also partly because of his "unstable" childhood and his young age at the time of the murder, his sentence should be set aside.

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