Teen drug addict guilty of killing adoptive parents

2011-11-03 07:01

An 18-year-old drug addict has been found guilty of killing his adoptive parents in Dunottar near Nigel, east of Johannesburg.

Schalk du Plooy hit both his parents with a cricket bat and then stabbed them with a kitchen knife last December, reported Beeld newspaper.

Afterwards, he and his best friend used heroine and crack cocaine at a nearby petrol station, the court heard.

Du Plooy was found guilty of killing his adoptive parents, who were both pharmacists, by the Delmas circuit court yesterday.

He said his parents, Schalk du Plooy (52) and Theresa du Plooy (51), were both drunk when they confronted him in his room that day.

He had consumed six beers.

Both parents told him it would be better if he left their house.

As his father walked out of his room, he hit him, and then his mother, with the cricket bat.

He called his friend, Morne Labuschagne, and told him what had happened.

Labuschagne told him he needed to make sure they were dead before he would agree to help Du Plooy.

Du Plooy then fetched a knife from the kitchen and stabbed both his parents.

Labuschagne, who was found guilty of accessory to murder, then came to help him, but said to him that his father was still alive. Du Plooy stabbed his father again.

Labuschagne helped him clean the house and dump their bodies at a golf course in Brakpan.

Both Du Plooy and Labuschagne were found guilty of stealing cellphones and a music system, which they sold for drug money.

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