Psychological report delays sentencing in 'hate crime'

2016-05-19 20:02
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Cape Town - Sentencing proceedings against a Ceres man who murdered a gay man in an apparent hate crime were postponed due to an outstanding psychological report, the Ceres Circuit Court of the Western Cape High Court heard on Thursday.

The report on Christo Oncke, 29, was not yet ready and the matter was postponed to October 11, National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said.

Dawid Olyne, 21, an openly gay man, was tortured and killed in March 2014. In January this year, Oncke was found guilty of murdering him.

It was reported at the time that a group of youths, aged between 14 and 18, were drinking near a local dam when Oncke invited them to watch how he was "going to kill a moffie [gay man]". 

They saw him bash Olyne on his head with a brick and jump on his face. Olyne was tied up with wire, and made groaning sounds throughout the ordeal. They all left and Olyne's body was found the next day.

Oncke said Olyne had made a sexual pass at him and they had an altercation, but he did not mean to kill him. 

Judge Siraj Desai said Oncke did not co-operate and gave different versions of events.

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