Man to be sentenced for raping, killing 10-year-old girl

By Faeza
05 December 2016

The man found guilty of kidnapping, raping and killing 10-year-old Shamonique Claasen will be sentenced in the Western Cape High Court on Monday.

On December 1, Judge Robert Henney said Jerome Amerika, 23, was a poor witness and his version of what had happened in Paarl in February was highly improbable.

Amerika had dated Claasen’s older sister Henriette. They had a child together.

The court also found him guilty of dragging Henriette into the bushes, hitting her with a stick and raping her twice in April last year.

Shamonique went missing on February 27, a day before her 11th birthday.

Her mother reported her disappearance at the Paarl East police station, after police and relatives failed to find her during a search.

A family member "picked up a smell" in their home the next day.

Her body was rolled in a blanket tied up with wire under his bed. She had a black bag over her head and a stab wound to the chest.

According to pathologists, she was alive at the time of the rapes.

Source: News24