Sentencing arguments in case of teenager's beheading

2016-03-02 05:23
Exhibits that a pathologist was asked about in the trial of Aljar Swartz, accused of beheading a 15-year-old Ravensmead teen. (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

Exhibits that a pathologist was asked about in the trial of Aljar Swartz, accused of beheading a 15-year-old Ravensmead teen. (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

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Cape Town - The Western Cape High Court is expected to hear sentencing arguments in the case of Aljar Swartz, who admitted to beheading a Ravensmead teenager in 2013 so he could sell the body parts to a sangoma.

Last month, Swartz changed his plea to guilty.

He admitted that he strangled 15-year-old Lee Adams at Florida Primary School in Ravensmead, on October 17, 2013. He then stabbed him numerous times until he succumbed to his wounds.

In a document handed to the court he stated that he had decapitated Adams.

Swartz admitted that he inflicted the gruesome injuries noted in the post mortem report.

A pathologist had concluded that Adams died due to sharp force trauma to the neck. Stab wounds, bruises, and abrasions were found on his face and neck.

A security guard found the boy's body at the school. The head was later found in a shallow grave in the accused's yard.

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