Waterkloof 4: Christoff Becker released on parole

2014-12-16 19:22

One of the so-called "Waterkloof four", convicted killer Christoff Becker, has been released on parole.

"Christoff Becker was released on parole as per order of the court," said correctional services spokesperson Logan Maistry today.

Becker's lawyers brought an urgent parole application in the high court earlier this month, which the court granted.

The "Waterkloof four" -- Becker, Frikkie du Preez, Gert van Schalkwyk and Reinach Tiedt -- beat, stabbed and kicked a homeless man to death in Moreleta Park, Pretoria, on the night of December 1 2001. The victim was never identified.

They were found guilty of murder in June 2005. In May 2008, they lost their bid to appeal in the High Court in Pretoria.

They were released on bail on February 11 this year, after serving five-and-a-half years of their 12-year jail terms.

Becker and Du Preez's parole was revoked when a video emerged of the pair drinking what appeared to be alcohol and using a cellphone in the Kgosi Mampuru prison where they were serving their sentence.

The pair was sent back to prison on February 28.

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