LIVE: Griekwastad killer sentencing - as it happened

2014-08-13 11:30

Get all the details from the sentencing of the teenager accused of murdering a Griekwastad family.

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13 Aug 12:27
The accused was taken straight to the holding cells after sentencing.

13 Aug 12:21
Many people on social media are saying that the sentence is too low.

13 Aug 12:13

13 Aug 12:08

13 Aug 12:06
All the sentences will run concurrently.

13 Aug 12:05
SENTENCING: Twelve years for the rape of Marthella, 20 years for each of the murders, 4 years for defeating the ends of justice.

13 Aug 12:04
It's my considered view that... A custodial sentence is the only appropriate sentence - Kgomo

13 Aug 12:03
In 2 days you're a man, you must face consequences now, Kgomo tells accused. The teen turns 18 on Friday.

13 Aug 12:01
Kgomo addresses Ouma Bettie regarding her plea for help for the boy. "Unfortunately he is as obstinate as a mule."

13 Aug 11:59
Usually a stable home environment would reduce risk of such crimes. Accused committed these crimes within a stable home - Kgomo

13 Aug 11:55
Lack of appropriate emotional response and other behaviors are consistent with emerging psychopathy - Kgomo

13 Aug 11:53
Accused was prepared to murder in attempt to cover rape. It raises concerns about what he is capable of doing to others.

13 Aug 11:52
Kgomo: Should mental illness be revealed and he is a psychopath, he will need to be managed within the law and correctional policies will have to be implemented.

13 Aug 11:51
Psychiatric interventions need to come from a nurturing perspective that sees beyond the horror of the offences - Kgomo

13 Aug 11:50
Those tasked with treating boy need to look for signs of emerging mental illness as well as suicidal behavior - Kgomo

13 Aug 11:49
Accused was a minor at the time of the crimes and much of his psychiatric development is still incomplete, says Kgomo.

13 Aug 11:48
Kgomo lists the recommendations made in order to rehabilitate the accused before he can be reintroduced into society.

13 Aug 11:48
Successful reintegration into society and reunification with family will require psychiatric help for both him and family.

13 Aug 11:46
Bettie initially didn't believe the boy did it. After hearing evidence in court this changed. She pleads for help for him.

13 Aug 11:43
Extract from Bettie Steenkamp's letter describes how her husband, Don, struggled to cope with the loss. He died soon after.

13 Aug 11:40
Judge Kgomo reading extracts from a letter by the grieving Bettie Steenkamp, the mother of Deon Steenkamp.

13 Aug 11:38
Kgomo says the normally withdrawn boy taunted the authorities after the murders.

13 Aug 11:37
Kgomo says he is happy he postponed sentencing to allow for cooling off period.

13 Aug 11:36
In a display of arrogance, the boy started challenging authority and dropping his pants in class. Teachers at the boy's school didn't react to provocation and bent over backwards to support him.

13 Aug 11:34
Judge Kgomo describes how the boy became very arrogant at school after the murders.

13 Aug 11:34
The evidence of the Nicro expert, Joubert, was reliable even though she did make some mistakes, says Judge Kgomo.

13 Aug 11:33
Just to be clear, we're moderating comments on this as we cannot have users identifying the accused as he is a minor.

13 Aug 11:29

A Nicro expert also agreed that the accused wouldn't take responsibility for the murders, says Kgomo.

I think it's quite clear where this one is going...


13 Aug 11:22
Van Kraayenburg treated the boy as if he is the victim, by complimenting his resilience during the trial - Kgomo

13 Aug 11:20
Kgomo describes Van Kraayenburg's assessment of boy and evidence as "an abject waste of time and resources".

13 Aug 11:15
Kgomo refers to state's assertion that boy has tendency to lie and manipulate. Van Kraayenburg and Sonnekus both fell for this. Judge has rejected their evidence.

13 Aug 11:14
Kgomo indicates it is not white lies but the deliberate misleading of evidence.

13 Aug 11:10

13 Aug 11:09

Kgomo pointing out how Dr Sonnekus's was clearly biased toward minor. "His evidence was skewed, unreliable and is rejected," says the judge.

Ms Van Kraayenburg, one of the social workers assessing minor, said to be no better than Sonnekus.


13 Aug 11:06
What SA law says about child killers What is likely to happen to the Griekwastad boy who has been found guilty of rape and a triple murder?

13 Aug 10:57

The boy's guardians and legal reps apparently interfered, while the boy himself also refused to answer some questions from the state psychiatrist.

During questioning, there was interference by criminologist Eon Sonnekus. He suggested that the boy may have been intimidated by the presence of uniformed police officers.


13 Aug 10:55
Kgomo emphasises the difficulty the state psychiatrist experienced while attempting to interview the minor accused about the day's events.

13 Aug 10:48
Kgomo reminds court of his concern that testimony by Sonnekus was very academic and had little to do with realities of the case.

13 Aug 10:45

13 Aug 10:40
Sonnekus told the court it was not his job to re-investigate the case but to look for possible mitigating factors ahead of sentencing.

13 Aug 10:38
Kgomo points out that Sonnekus never enquired why 24 hours after the murders, the accused was asking about his inheritance.

13 Aug 10:35
Sonnekus acknowledged that the Griekwastad murder accused was not telling the truth.

13 Aug 10:33
Kgomo deals with testimony by forensic and youth criminologist Eon Sonnekus.

13 Aug 10:31
Is he maybe getting nervous?

13 Aug 10:29
Kgomo reads from the accused's guardian’s testimony in which she said she cannot believe the boy could have committed the crimes.

13 Aug 10:26
Implicating himself would jeopardise the accused's chances of a successful appeal, says Kgomo.

13 Aug 10:21
Overkill on a crime scene can be indicative of psychosis or drug use. Also seen on intimate partner murders - Kgomo

13 Aug 10:19

13 Aug 10:16
Kgomo says the Griekwastad accused acted decisively when he fetched a .22 rifle to finish off the job.

13 Aug 10:12
Kgomo notes how the accused appeared stoney faced throughout and persistently proclaimed his innocence.

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