Killer teen’s lawyer ‘not paid’

2015-01-19 10:05

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The former lawyer for Don Steenkamp, convicted for the murder of his family, is taking legal steps to recover his legal fees from Steenkamp’s guardian.

Stoffel de Jager was appointed instructing attorney by Steenkamp’s guardian, Bennie Heckroodt, according to a report in today’s The Star newspaper.

On Friday, de Jager handed a draft order regarding “money owed” to acting Judge Mpho Mamosebo in the Northern Cape High Court.

De Jager would not disclose the outstanding amount, saying there was an agreement between him and Div Pretorius from Haarhoffs Attorneys, who appeared on behalf of Heckroodt, not to speak to the media, according to the publication.

Last year, the court found Steenkamp (now 18) guilty of the murders of his father, Griekwastad farmer Deon Steenkamp (44) mother Christel (43) and his sister Marthella (14).

They were shot dead on their farm Naauwhoek on April 6 2012.

The teenager was also found guilty of raping the girl and lying to the police.

Steenkamp was sentenced to 20 years for the crimes.

An appeal against the sentence is scheduled to take place on March 9 in the Northern Cape High Court.

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