Griekwastad murders: Trial date set

2012-10-01 19:10

Bloemfontein - The murder trial of a 16-year-old boy accused of murdering the Steenkamp family on their Griekwastad farm will start in March.

The youth appeared briefly in the Griekwastad Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

National Prosecuting Authority Northern Cape spokesperson Phaladi Shuping said the trial was set down to start on 11 March.

An application by the State for leave to appeal the bail granted to the boy in the magistrate’s court will be heard on Thursday.

Prosecutor JJ Cloete contended that the magistrate erred in finding that the boy was not dangerous to those around him.

In his motion of notice, Cloete said that during his bail application, the boy gave no indication whether he was innocent, and that he lied to the police.

The State has contended that it has a strong case against him.

Cloete submitted that the magistrate had under-emphasised the violence contained in the charges and had overemphasised the boy's interests as a child.

  • harry.boesman - 2012-10-01 20:24

    My heart goes out to all who knew and loved the deceased. Let the law take its course: I can, like many others, hardly wait to learn through media reports on the trial what the police have uncovered about this horrible act. While the suspect is legally entitled to all the protection against prejudice that the law affords, I hope that, if he is convicted, he rots in jail. And in Hell, for that matter. If he is guilty. In the interim, let us all raise up theír loved ones in our prayers.

      Woodguy Wooddock - 2012-10-02 11:37

      Why and how do you murder the ones that love and care for you?? How is such action possible at such a young age!!

      Marita Nunes - 2013-03-11 13:52

      i totally agree with you Harry. this is a very sad case and heartbreaking for all the family and friends

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-10-02 02:11

    Any side bets the little sh*t is guilty of wiping out his entire family !?

      Marita Nunes - 2013-03-11 13:50

      from the start i could not figure this one out. it is no ordinary farm murder and what would the motive have been. now it is becoming clear that he had something to hide hence the murder of all his family. until proven innocent i shall believe the opposite

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