Mother forgives son's killer

2015-05-07 19:08

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Pretoria - The forgiving spirit of a murder victim's mother was on Thursday given as one of the reasons why a drug addict who bashed his friend to death should not be sentenced to life imprisonment.

Advocate MC Ndalane, appearing for Juda Plekenpol, 32, argued before Judge Tshifiwa Maumela that the impact of her client's deeds were not permanent.

This was because the victim's brother had testified that their mother "was better" and had forgiven Plekenpol for what he did.

Plekenpol was in July last year convicted in the High Court in Pretoria on charges of murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances after admitting that he had murdered his friend Louis Eksteen, 45.

Eksteen's mother Adri discovered his bloodied body in the bathroom of his home in Garsfontein, Pretoria, three days after Plekenpol bludgeoned him to death with a knobkierie.

Plekenpol said in his plea explanation that he had lost his temper and self-control because he was upset about a sexual comment by Eksteen.

He tied the gravely injured Eksteen's hands with great force to subdue him, demanded the pin code for his bank card and then put a cloth around his mouth and dragged him to the bathroom.

He "impulsively" stole Eksteen's bakkie and other goods to feed his drug habit, he said.

Plekenpol was arrested when he tried to sell his victim's CDs to a pawn shop.

‘A dysfunctional background’

Ndalane submitted that Plekenpol only completed Grade 8 at school, never knew his father and was raised by his grandmother.

She said the fact that he was exposed to a dysfunctional background, including abuse by his mother and stepfather, and that he lacked a father figure had contributed to the crimes.

Plekenpol was diagnosed with an emotionally unstable personality disorder and had consumed vodka and used the drug cat before the incident, he and his victim had consumed vodka and used cat before the incident.

She submitted that Plekenpol had pleaded guilty to the charges and was deeply remorseful for what he did.

Prosecutor Phyllis Vorster asked the court to sentence Plekenpol to 30 years imprisonment.

She argued that Plekenpol had no remorse and still blamed his victim in a letter of apology to Eksteen's family.

He had left his victim for dead and continued with his daily life until the deceased was discovered.

He had previous convictions for crimes involving dishonesty and violence and was released from prison after violently attacking and robbing a friend merely six months before he struck again.

It was strange that Eksteen's sexual remarks would have provoked Plekenpol to such an extent that he bludgeoned the man to death, while there was evidence that Plekenpol had worked as a male prostitute since the age of 12, she said.

Plekenpol had not been diagnosed with any psychiatric illness and did not commit the crimes due to "illness" that could be cured by treatment, Vorster added.

Maumela will sentence Plekenpol on June 3.

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