Griekwastad: Teen had expected arrest

2012-08-23 15:40
The Steenkamp farm in Naauwhoek, Northern Cape. (Emile Hendricks, Volksblad)

The Steenkamp farm in Naauwhoek, Northern Cape. (Emile Hendricks, Volksblad)

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Griekwastad - The 16-year-old boy arrested in connection with the murder of a Griekwastad couple and their daughter, appeared in the town's magistrate's court on Thursday.

Deon Steenkamp, his wife Christel and their daughter, Marthella, were shot dead on their nearby farm, Naauwhoek, on Good Friday.

Rapport’s Jacques Steenkamp tweeted that the teenager's lawyer was informed on 23 May that his client was a suspect.

The boy was arrested at his school in Bloemfontein on Tuesday. He apparently had expected the arrest and his guardian and a psychologist had prepared him for it.  

The court adjourned after the suspect's guardian testified. He said they had a good relationship.

He added that the boy was doing well under the circumstances.

A social worker testified that it would be detrimental if the accused could not return to school now. The teen had indicated that he wanted to go back, a witness said. 

Huisgenoot's Herman Scholtz tweeted that, according to a witness, friends had looked on "with compassion" when the child was hand-cuffed at school.

The boy will in all probability be held in the local police station's cells ahead of a formal bail application on Friday.

The State is opposing bail in the case.

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