Sentence for child killer welcomed

2019-06-04 06:00

Christopher Brown who was found guilty of the rape and murder of six-year-old Stacey Adams was sentenced to four life terms in the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday 22 May.

Stacey’s body was found buried in a shallow grave on Sunday 24 June last year shortly after being reported missing (“Girl (6) found in shallow grave”, People’s Post, 26 June). Police then executed a search that led to the Brown’s house in Delarey Street, Eastridge.

Her body was found buried in a shallow grave next to Brown’s wendy house.

Brown, who was in a relationship with Stacy’s mother, was arrested for the murder.

At the time of his arrest, the community expressed their anger by stoning police vehicles and torching the main house, demanding Brown be handed over to them.

He was taken into custody.

He entered into a plea agreement with the State after confessing to killing and raping the young girl. After months of court deliberations, he was sentenced last week. The sentencing brought closure to the family and Eastridge residents.

Community Policing Forum (CPF) chairperson of the Mitchell’s Plain cluster Lucinda Evans welcomed the sentencing and praised all the parties involved in the case.

“I applaud the judicial system. The sentencing sends out a clear message to child rights offenders. We wish to send an awareness to people to make child protection a 356-day (initiative),” she says.

Even though she is happy with how the case has turned out, she says she would like for courts to prioritise cases of violence against children.

She explains they celebrate the outcome of the case but it should not get to that point where innocent children are killed in the first place.

“When we were searching for her we wished for the outcome to be different, we wanted to find her alive,” she explains.

She says the sentencing is a positive thing but the feeling is bittersweet because the deceased’s parents will never have her back, they will never hear her laughter. She also advised communities to have mobilisation groups that will act in protecting children because a child is a community’s.

Her message to women is simple: “We need to caution women who get into relationships with men who are showing signs of being violent to walk away while they are still alive.”

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