Woman jailed for killing fiancé

2012-02-28 09:57
Pretoria - A woman was sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment by the North Gauteng High Court on Monday for murdering her fiancé in November 2008, according to a report.

Yvonne Beetge, 45, was found guilty of shooting Bokkie Grundlingh, 53, in his Polokwane home in Limpopo, reported Beeld newspaper.

At the time, Beetge claimed that Grundlingh had committed suicide. He was found with three gunshot wounds to the head, one of them behind his left ear.

During Beetge's trial, expert witnesses testified that it would have been impossible for Grundlingh, who was right-handed, to shoot himself behind the left ear without using his left hand. They were also sceptical about his alleged typed suicide note, saying it contained spelling errors. His doctor also testified that he did not appear to be depressed.

No bail

Judge Mahomed Ismail refused to grant Beetge bail pending the outcome of an appeal process.

"I was the fool who granted Dirk [Prinsloo] bail of R25 000," he said, referring to sex-crimes accused Dirk Prinsloo, who skipped bail in 2006 and fled to Belarus.

Ismail also dismissed a request for her sentence to be suspended.

If he granted any such request, he should be whisked straight to "the mad house", said the judge.

"I'm surprised I was not asked to grant you a medal," Ismail told Beetge. "If crime were an Olympic sport, South Africa would’ve gotten a gold medal."

Ismail also said he couldn't believe that Beetge was at once stage held in a police cell without a proper roof, and that her rights had been violated.

Her family had brought her canvas to protect herself against the wind and rain, and had also brought her food.

People “might just as well be held in the Kruger National Park,” he said.

Beetge will appear in court in Hatfield, Pretoria, on Tuesday on a charge of shoplifting.

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