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Griekwastad teen gets bail

2012-09-03 13:09

Kimberley - The Griekwastad Children's Court on Monday granted bail to a 16-year-old boy who was arrested in connection with the murders of a local farming family.

Magistrate Oswald Mazwi said after considering all relevant evidence placed before the court, it would be in the interest of justice for the child to be released on bail.

He said the child was not a flight risk, was receiving schooling and would not interfere with witnesses.
He said it appeared that the child would not be a threat to any other person.

However, he said the State had a prima facie case against him, but continued detention of the child pending the trial was not warranted.

The teenager was arrested for the murder of Northern Cape farmer Deon Steenkamp, 44, his wife Christelle, 43, and daughter Marthella, 14, who were shot on their family farm Naauwhoek on April 6.

In the last court appearance, Willem Coetzee, for the boy, told the court the State had no direct evidence to link the boy to the Griekwastad farm murder.

Comments
  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-09-03 13:15

    Only in South Africa

      NickvanderLeek - 2012-09-03 14:07

      actually, not only in SA - check out this case: it involved the murder of 3 siblings, and his parents. Motive may have been that the sister was going to talk about incest in the family. But this guy was quite inventive, he said his father committed suicide after killing the family (suicide with a rifle with a silencer on it, and none of his own fingerprints on it). Parallels to this case include that he also had his own weapons and knew how to hunt. Apparently the father wrote a suicide note to his son on a computer saying: "you were the only one who deserved to stay" New Zealand are still divided as to whether he is innocent or not. check it out: http://www.nickvanderleek.com/2012/08/david-bain-closer-look-at-someone.html

  • lucille.cupido.399 - 2012-09-03 13:20

    @Charles you can say that again. Funny world we live in.

      Theuns Konig - 2012-09-03 13:28

      hehehe only here in south africa..

  • peter.ndamase - 2012-09-03 13:23

    The kid has not been convicted yet, and I doubt if the state has a water tight case here. Can a 16yr old act alone in a gruesome murder of this kind, very unlikely. Who is being protected here?

      brandon.mercer3 - 2012-09-03 13:41

      You obviously dont read the news enough, this is south africa anything is possible and he is the only suspect the family didnt just die by themselves...

      karenRSA - 2012-09-03 13:43

      Probably one of the farm workers helped him. The one he has been phoning "to see if everything is okay on the farm"!

  • Msika - 2012-09-03 13:34

    "In the last court appearance, Willem Coetzee, for the boy" Who is Willem Coetzee for the boy news24?

      leigh.mos - 2012-09-03 13:37

      probably his lawyer....daaah

  • Bob - 2012-09-03 13:36

    Give him a bag of sweeties too! If it is as stated a prima facie case, then there should be no bail.! 3 Brutal murders is inexcusable, innocent until proven guilty or not! Society should be given the benefit of the doubt and be protected in the interim from this young monster!

      sarah.bouttell - 2012-09-03 15:27

      Perhaps you could benefit from knowing that "prima facie" means (roughly translated) "at first glance". Thus, it does not automatically *prove* overwhelming guilt if the words "prima facie" are used. It simply means, that the state feels, there is sufficient evidence to press charges. The charges still need to be proven (or not) and the court still needs to hear the matter and so forth. In the interim, the boy is entitled to bail, while the state investigates and gathers evidence and puts it's case together.

  • NickvanderLeek - 2012-09-03 14:01

    it appeared that the child would not be a threat to any other person.>>>he just murdered his whole family, he was clearly a threat to them. So I wonder, is he going back to school, and hero status?

  • richard.zanner - 2012-09-03 14:07

    I suppose the independent judiciary that we are all asking for has exercised it's discretion.

  • tinus.versfeld - 2012-09-03 14:26

    Innocent until proven guilty!!! All you idiots saying he shouldn't be granted bail should wake up. The constitution provides that all children should be able to attend school and also provide that a person is innocent until proven guilty. The fact that he is 16, is mitigating...there are various factors that play a part for a person to be granted bail. A 16year old does not have the funds to be a flight risk...why shouldn't he be allowed bail...and do not come with the story that he is a danger to society. He might be innocent or he might be guilty...but the right procedure was followed...let the court decide whether he is guilty or not...

      sarah.bouttell - 2012-09-03 14:41

      Tinus, you might find that you and I are a small voice of reason on this forum. The bulk of the commentors are happy to judge without the facts. I don't doubt for one minute, that these same people would all crucify the state were this story about a 16 year old who was being held without bail, and his constitutional rights being trampled on. Let due process take place, let the facts be heard.

      jaco.duplessis2 - 2012-09-03 17:15

      Tinus, agrees, not many people understand that you will get bail most of the time if your'e not a flight risk. My problem is that everything indicates that he is the murderer of his family, and if that is the case, he is some sort of psycopath. I surely do not want him in the same school as my kids, as he might do something similar again!

  • samantha.ungerer.1 - 2012-09-03 14:35

    what am i missing here 3 people paid with their lives at the hands of this boy, with help or without, why is he being let back in society, this is very very alarming!

      tinus.versfeld - 2012-09-03 14:48

      Because it has not been proven that he is guilty!!!!! A Bail Application is something different from the trial...he is still deemed innocent until proven guilty...justgo and read section 35 of the Constitution.

  • nathan.g.moss - 2012-09-03 15:18

    I love it how they say ‘he poses no threat to anyone’, yet he’s been charged with murder.

  • layla.gunesh - 2012-09-03 16:44

    Surely there must be a remand centre for such a child somewhere in SA??????

  • grant.montgomery.5074 - 2012-09-03 17:18

    The precedant was set with the youth involved in ET's murder. Farm murders are a serious problem in SA so what message is the judge sending out? Hire a pekie if you want to rob farmers or just settle an old grudge.

  • elsen.lucas - 2012-09-03 19:42

    Wonder how the school's management and SGB will deal with the come back of the learner?

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