Sizzlers mom 'not rejoicing'

Cape Town - Joan Otgaar, the mother of Eric Otgaar, one of the Sizzlers victims, said the life sentences that the two killers faced would not change the fact that her son was dead.

Adam Roy Woest and Trevor Basil Theys were on Tuesday sentenced to nine life sentences each. They were also sentenced to 20 years for the attempted murder of Taylor, the only man to survive. They also got 15 years for robbery.

Otgaar said: "They are getting life but it won't bring my son back. I'm not rejoicing. I feel drained ... I don' t think I'll ever recover. It's terrible... they (Theys and Woest) should have rather just put a bullet in their (the victims') heads but to let them suffer for all that time. This is one of the worse crimes I've ever seen."

Despite her own pain, the tearful woman managed some compassion for the parents of her son's killers.

"I'm sorry for their parents. They are also losing their sons. My son, I'll never see again."


The only survivor of the Sizzlers massage parlour massacre held his arms up in victory as he exited the Cape High Court on Tuesday after the two men were sentenced.

"I'm happy. Justice was done. Now I can move on," said a smiling Quinton Taylor, who was cheered by a crowd that had gathered outside the court.

Curious spectators and media crushed around Taylor as he tried to express his emotions.

"It's over and closed. I can have fun and live life again. They've got life sentences. They'll never see the outside of their cells. I'm ecstatic."

'There's more to it'

Theys's elder brother, Andrew, said he did not believe that the police had found all the evidence.

"There's something more in this thing. That's not all the evidence. They didn't find anything. The case wasn't properly investigated," he said.

Asked about allegations that a third person was involved in the killings, he said: "No, I can't comment on that. That's dangerous".

The court had heard during the trial that Theys feared for his life and his family if he disclosed who else was involved in the massacre.

Andrew said although he had visited his brother in jail he could never talk to him properly.

"There's a camera filming everything. You can't talk about the case... I couldn't ask him what happened. I don't think that was what happened... this is not the proper story."

Aubrey Otgaar, Sergio de Castro, Stephanus Fouche, Travis Reade, Johan Meyer and Timothy Boyd died in the massage parlour on Graham Road in Sea Point on January 20. Gregory Berghaus, Marius Meyer and Warren Visser died later in hospital. The men were all shot in the head and had their throats slit during their three-hour ordeal.

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