Griekwastad teen back in court for sentencing

2014-06-24 07:07
The Steenkamp farm in Naauwhoek, Northern Cape. (Emile Hendricks, Volksblad)

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

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Kimberley - Sentencing procedures against the young Griekwastad murderer will resume in the Northern Cape High Court on Tuesday.

The 17-year-old boy has been convicted of three murders and rape.

On 27 March, the court found him guilty of the murders of Griekwastad farmer Deon Steenkamp, 44, his wife Christel, 43, and their daughter Marthella, 14. They were shot dead on their farm Naauwhoek on 6 April 2012.

He was also found guilty of raping the girl and lying to police.

Tears

In his last appearance, his grandmother told the court that he cried, but not in front of others.

She was being questioned by Riaan Bode, for the boy, during arguments in mitigation of sentencing.

The court also heard that the young murderer's guardian family would not abandon him.

"Not one of us sees him as a monster," the guardian's wife told the court. She could not be named to protect the minor's identity.

The woman told the court the family still believed the boy did not commit the crimes.

She described him as a late developer compared to her own sons.


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