Murderer gets 18 years

2015-10-07 06:00

MOOS LENERTS (35) was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment in the Sutherland Regional Court on Tuesday 29 Setember, for murder and defeating the ends of justice.

The murder case goes back to 16 March 2014 when the deceased, Petrus Jansen (54), accompanied his girlfriend Elmien Koopman (23), to Lenerts’s house at the Klipbankfontein farm in Sutherland.

Jansen and Koopman went there to fetch Koopman’s clothing which had been left at Lenerts’s house while she was still in a relationship with him.

Upon arriving there, an argument ensued between the three and Lenerts hit Jansen with a spade on the head.

According to Maj. Dimakatso Mooi, Lenerts and Koopman moved Jansen’s body on a donkey cart to the river where they buried him in a shallow grave.

On 22 March 2014, Jansen’s daughter came looking for him and she was told by Koopman that her father had left a few days ago to return to his family at the Kraaifontein farm.

The decomposed body of Jansen was discovered by his daughter who searched the surrounding area of the farm as she did not believe her father had left the farm.

After a thorough investigation conducted by Det. Const. Elton Klein, Lenerts and Koopman were arrested two days after the discovery of the body.

Koopman was acquitted from the charges while Lenerts was found guilty of murder and defeating the ends of justice.

He was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for murder and three years for defeating the ends of justice. The sentences will run concurrently.

The family of Jansen thanked Klein for his hard work, dedication to the case and ensuring that justice prevailed

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