Teen suspect isn't a victim - State

2012-08-23 17:16
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Griekwastad - The State on Thursday lashed out at the social worker testifying for the defence in the bail application of a 16-year-old boy suspected of killing a Griekwastad couple and their daughter.

Deon Steenkamp, his wife Christel and their daughter, Marthella, were shot dead on their farm Naauwhoek on Good Friday.

Radio station OFM said in a Facebook post on Thursday that the State prosecutor JJ Cloete had accused the social worker of treating the suspect as a victim. Evidence, however, indicated he is a killer, the State said. 

The defence said it was very important that the boy go back to school. But apparently some parents at the school in Bloemfontein, where the teen was a pupil, had expressed concern, should he return to school.

The State said learning material could be provided to the boy, so schooling was therefore not a reason to grant bail.

The case has been adjourned until Friday, when the investigating officer Dick de Waal is due to testify.

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