Put Lianné Greyling behind bars - prosecutor

2015-07-27 15:27
Lianne Greyling cringes in the dock after hearing prosecutor Vic de Bruyn asking that the Bloemfontein Regional Court send her to jail for 10 to 12 years. (Dirk Lotriet, News24)

Lianne Greyling cringes in the dock after hearing prosecutor Vic de Bruyn asking that the Bloemfontein Regional Court send her to jail for 10 to 12 years. (Dirk Lotriet, News24)

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Bloemfontein - Prosecutor Vic de Bruyn urged the Bloemfontein Regional Court on Monday to send convicted thief and fraudster Lianné Greyling to prison for aggravation of sentence.

“I ask you to send her to prison for 10 to 12 years. I had a much longer term in mind, but you have to be realistic. You don’t only have to think about her, but you also have to think about her children,” De Bruyn told the court.

“It’s worrying that the defendant said she made the decision to stop doing crime, because it is doubtful that she would come to such a conclusion if she was not arrested. She said she made the decision to rehabilitate while in prison. If that is the case, she should be kept there,” he said.

Greyling earlier testified that she has made a conscious decision to keep herself away from any criminal activities.

Greyling, who was a particularly bright learner at school and achieved five distinctions in matric, told the court about her strong will once she made a decision.

“I quit drugs all on my own, without help,” she testified.

De Bruyn said it is praiseworthy that Greyling managed to quit drugs. “It is, however, sad that she did not achieve the same success with fraud,” he said.

He said her crimes were particularly well planned and created a lot of damage.

Greyling committed fraud and stole close to R6m in transactions related to luxury motor vehicles and spares which she imported.

She was convicted of 12 charges of fraud and 12 of theft in April this year after pleading guilty.
Many of her clients were friends and family.

But her lawyer wanted the court to impose correctional supervision.

“The State argued that a jail term is the only appropriate sentence to rehabilitate the defendant and to protect the community against her. It is my submission that correctional supervision can be even more appropriate, depending on the conditions,” Eugene Lubbe, Greyling’s lawyer, told the court.

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