I am going to sort myself out, says man jailed for strangling girlfriend

2015-11-19 16:31
Annchen Ferreira (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

Annchen Ferreira (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

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Cape Town – Before being sentenced to a lengthy prison term for strangling his girlfriend, Clive Bailey apologised to her parents sitting behind him in court on Thursday.

As part of a plea and sentencing agreement, the Western Cape High Court handed down 20 years imprisonment for the murder of nutritionist Annchen Ferreira, 31, in Milnerton two years ago.

Five years of the sentence were suspended for five years, with a number of conditions.

As he asked for forgiveness, Bailey, 45, stared at the framed photo of Ferreira placed near Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe.

"I know the apology is not going to bring Annchen back, but I just want them to know that when I am in prison, I am going to sort myself out and come out a better person," he said.

Salie-Hlophe replied: "Thank you. It is noted and all the best to you."

Insecurities

Living on the same property in Milnerton, Ferreira and Bailey got to know each other and eventually entered into a relationship.

In his plea agreement, Bailey said he experienced her as a very loving and compassionate person, sensitive to his "insecurities and fears of rejection and acute abandonment" at the time.

He said he was devastated when she ended their relationship, "as she wanted to respect her parents' wishes".

On May 25 2013, he drank for the first time in three years and argued with Ferreira.

"The deceased ran... into one of the children’s rooms where I grabbed hold of her neck and strangled her with my hands."

Ferreira’s parents struggled to hold back the tears on Thursday. They were comforted by their loved ones.

Before Bailey was led out of the courtroom, the judge addressed Ferreira's parents and expressed her condolences.

"This is a sad day for you as parents. I cannot imagine the hurt you must have felt by having to deal with the loss of your daughter. I hope that today you may be able to find it within yourself to celebrate her life."

She thanked them for their patience.

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