Convicted killer wins sentence appeal

2012-11-02 12:18

Johannesburg - The life sentence imposed on a man convicted of beating an elderly Centurion nurse to death in 2003 has been commuted on appeal to 16 years, it was reported on Friday.

This meant Marius Halgryn, 29, who had already served eight years, would serve just eight more years, Beeld reported.

Halgryn murdered Cecilia Hendrina Sieberhagen, 65, in April 2003, after she offered him a cup of coffee at her home while he was selling her and her husband an oven. He later stole her car.

According to the newspaper, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria found that Halgryn's charge sheet had neglected to mention that he could face a life sentence if found guilty.

The court also found that he had also not been told during his trial that he faced a possible life sentence, and that this was an oversight.

The court ruled that for these reason, and also partly because of his "unstable" childhood and his young age at the time of the murder, his sentence should be set aside.

  • dave.elmore.5 - 2012-11-02 12:32

    The law can be a real ass sometimes....he still killed the poor woman in cold blood

      lorain.maseko - 2012-11-02 12:53

      i know what you mean it's these stupid technicalities that irritate me,so what if his charge sheet didnt mention that he could face life sentence? does it change tha fact that he murdered someone? We all know that murder is a crime punishable with jail time regardless of how long the jail term is

      kala.bafazi - 2012-11-02 13:00

      I agree. How the hell can a convicted killer get a reduced sentence because of a technicality. Murder is murder.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-11-02 13:27

      Agree totally. Dude should rot and die in a 2x4 cell.

  • riette.nothling - 2012-11-02 12:40

    what utter BS! He killed someone and stole her car, and it never occured to him he will go to jail for life?? It makes me sick that criminals are getting lesser sentences because of technicalities!

  • frikdt - 2012-11-02 12:59

    There's justice, then there is the law.

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-11-02 13:15

    What difference does it make what he was told concerning the sentence he may have faced? Get real judges. You are adding to the perception like the rest of your colleagues in the justice system do every day that you lot are actually a law unto yourself. Don't undermine the very justice system that keeps you in your comfort zone.

  • ravin.govinden - 2012-11-02 13:38

    Only in South Africa. Criminals have more rights than victims. I hope her ghost haunts him

  • allen.bullard.9 - 2012-11-02 13:42

    Maybe we should let Zoomer have his way:- Quote "Let us solve African problems the African way, not the white man's way," Zuma was quoted saying at the opening of National House of Traditional Leaders in Parliament on Thursday, The Times reported.

  • nadineelvina.francis - 2012-11-02 13:43

    Wonder what his sentence would have been if he was tried in a tribal court.

  • Sulette Behnke - 2012-11-02 13:47

    Makes you wonder how long that graveyard sicko is going to sit before a technicality pops up. Honestly I don't want people like this in my community or near my family

  • Sulette Behnke - 2012-11-02 14:41

    If your bad childhood makes you kill elderly ladies when they offer you a cup of coffee you shouldn't be allowed to come out of jail.

  • twist.cas - 2012-11-02 14:52

    Exactly what irritates me, technicality ur ass judge.The man killed and should serve life in prison as sentenced. Let him out , so that the victim’s family could finish him.

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