'No remorse for killing Terre'Blanche'

2012-08-22 15:30
An effigy of the killer of rightwing leader Eugene Terre'Blanche is dragged behind a vehicle outside the court in Ventersdorp. (Denis Farrell, AP)

An effigy of the killer of rightwing leader Eugene Terre'Blanche is dragged behind a vehicle outside the court in Ventersdorp. (Denis Farrell, AP)

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Ventersdorp - Chris Mahlangu "failed to express genuine remorse" for bludgeoning rightwing leader Eugene Terre'Blanche to death in his farmhouse outside Ventersdorp on 3 April 2010, Judge John Horn said.

Mahlangu was sentenced to life imprisonment on Wednesday for killing Terre'Blanche.

"I find no valid reason to deviate from the prescribed sentence," Judge John Horn said, upholding the prosecution request for life in prison.

He displayed a "flagrant disregard for the deceased's right to life."

"You went so far as to accuse the deceased of sodomy, and undoubtedly caused the families hurt," said Horn.

Mahlangu earlier claimed that the rightwing leader had raped and infected him with HIV.

During the trial, the court found no evidence to support that claim.

Mahlangu's co-defendant Patrick Ndlovu, 18, who was a minor at the time of the killing, was found guilty of housebreaking but not guilty on charges of murder and robbery. He was handed a two-year suspended sentence.

Horn rejected Mahlangu's claims to have acted in self-defence and accepted the prosecution's argument that the killing had been triggered by a fight over wages.
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