Town reels after triple-murder arrest

2012-08-24 20:00
The Steenkamp farmhouse in Naauwhoek, Northern Cape. (Emile Hendricks, Volksblad)

The Steenkamp farmhouse in Naauwhoek, Northern Cape. (Emile Hendricks, Volksblad)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Kimberley - Driving over a hill into Griekwastad, the first building that meets the eye is the church, towering over the tiny Northern Cape town.

The last building on the main street is the courthouse, opposite the police station, which has been the centre of attention this week as the close-knit community followed the arrival of a teenage boy, accused of killing three locals.

The entire town can be taken in with a glance from left to right down the main street, lined with old buildings with big verandas stretching onto the sidewalk.

Murder not known

A resident says murder is not known in this town, where people leave their cars unlocked and the most serious crime is theft.

The victims were from a prominent and well-off family - farmer Deon Steenkamp, 44, his wife Christelle, 43, and their daughter Marthella, 14. They were shot dead on their farm Naauwhoek on April 6.

Most of the locals are reluctant to speak to the media, with only one or two prepared to voice their opinions, on condition of anonymity.

"We are curious because it is something that happened amongst us and it's well-known people," said an old man, who said he had been friends with Deon Steenkamp's great-grandfather and grandfather.

Tragedy

"This whole thing is a tragedy," the visibly emotional man said.

On Friday, the teenager arrested for the triple-murder cut a lone figure in the dock, wearing a white and grey sweater and black jeans.

He looked tense on the second day of his bail application, as a young man from a family supporting him passed him a water bottle.

He had whispered conversations with this family, as Deon Steenkamp's sister, wearing a camel jacket, jeans and brown boots, looked on from the public gallery. She listened intently to testimony from the police investigator on how her brother, sister-in-law, and niece were shot dead.
- SAPA
Read more on:    deon steenkamp  |  kimberley  |  griekwastad murders
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
6 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Africa: Land of Billionaires!

Find out who are the richest of the richest in Africa!

 
 

Men24.com

Best bro movies 2014
Every man should be able to do these three things
Goalkeeper saves five penalties with his FACE!
Hottie of the day: Jesselyn

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

24 hour sale – Up to 70% off

Its black Friday, save up to 70% on a wide range of awesome products at kalahari.com. Offers valid while stocks last. T&C’s apply. Shop now!

Save up to 60% on toys!

Don’t miss out on this hot offer, save up to 60% on toys. While stocks last. Shop now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Grandiose ideas and plans can trip you up today. Keep things in context and take one step at a time....read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.