Free State cemetery killer guilty

2012-10-30 12:38

Virginia - The Virginia Circuit Court on Tuesday found Maartens van der Merwe guilty of killing Michael van Eck in a Welkom cemetery.

Circuit Judge Ian van der Merwe held that Van der Merwe could differentiate between right and wrong at the time of the murder. He did not suffer from any psychological illness at the time, the judge concluded.

His lawyer, Pieter Nel, entered a guilty plea on all charges and read out a statement. The 25-year-old was convicted of murder, robbery with aggravating circumstance, and dismembering the victim's body.

The judgment came after the State called a final expert witness, Dr Carla Kotze of Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital in Pretoria, to testify.

She said Van der Merwe could understand right from wrong and there was no evidence of him being under any influence at the time of the crime.

Welkom resident Van Eck, 23, was killed and dismembered in 2011.

Van der Merwe's trial was separated from that of his co-accused Chané van Heerden, 21, in 2011. She was convicted of Van Eck's murder, declared a dangerous criminal and sentenced to a minimum of 20 years in prison in November last year.

Some of Van Eck's remains were found in a shallow grave at the Welkom cemetery, while others, including the skin from his face, were found in the couple's fridge.

The case continues.

  • jeandre.welgemoed - 2012-10-30 12:47

    Hope this piece of sh*t rots in hell with his girlfriend....took a innocent life and joked about doing it again if not caught!! Well well you do the crime u do the time!! Hang these trash!!

      lownabester - 2012-10-30 12:48

      Me too, 2 mad people took a very innocent boy's life. Rot in hell

      moriri.mosweu - 2012-10-30 13:33

      We seem to know you better that you know yourselves. Now update that census for progress reasons.

      rbphiri - 2012-10-30 14:42

      May they both rot in jail and spend the reminder of their pathetic existence in hell.

  • Andrea - 2012-10-30 12:58

    Natural Born Killers? At least now we know where they are and what they're doing.

  • willem.leroux2 - 2012-10-30 13:00


  • godesha - 2012-10-30 13:07

    Good, one more piece of scum will be removed from society.

  • busani.mabunda - 2012-10-30 13:09

    give them another chance

      mfrater - 2012-10-30 13:24

      ya so they can kill people like you next, agreed.

      rbphiri - 2012-10-30 14:45

      Busani your mother should've swallowed you! you are a waste of oxygen and clearly from your statement you belong in a cell with the two morons.

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-30 13:37

    A sick bastard who deseves to spend the rest of his natural life locked up, and eternity in Hell!

  • gert.swart.393 - 2012-10-30 13:38

    Hang die bliksem!

      moriri.mosweu - 2012-10-30 16:29

      No keep him alive,this sort of things he's done are rare and almost not there in his gene pool.

  • jackie.stone.501 - 2012-10-30 14:32

    Van der Merwe find van der Merwe Guilty as charged

  • briana.scott - 2012-10-30 14:40

    Disgusting Human beings.

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-10-30 15:43

    The two culprits don't deserve to live!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-30 16:12

    Bloody savages.

      moriri.mosweu - 2012-10-30 16:27


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