Griekwastad murderer a 'charming manipulator'

2014-05-15 12:02

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Kimberley – The teenager found guilty of three Griekwastad murders is a charming manipulator, who even influenced several professionals into drawing up reports in his favour, according to a prosecutor at his pre-sentencing hearing.

Volksblad reported on Thursday that prosecutor Hannes Cloete said he will offer evidence about the 17-year-old boy's personality type.

The teen was found guilty of killing Deon Steenkamp, 44, his wife Christel, 43, and their daughter, Marthella, 14, on their farm in 2012. He was also found guilty of raping Marthella, and of defeating the ends of justice.

Cloete said three social workers and correctional service staff who interviewed the accused agreed that imprisonment was the most suitable sentence for him.

A social worker said the accused maintained his innocence and said he did not cry in court as he was not raised to believe that "men don't cry". He also said he was a virgin.

The accused refused to answer questions about the murders upon instruction from his legal team and his guardian, because they were worried he would incriminate himself, according to the report.

The hearing continues.

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