Jail time for horse torturers

2012-04-03 22:42

Cape Town - Three people were sentenced on Tuesday after they were found guilty by the Somerset West Magistrate's Court of stealing and torturing a horse to death.

Desling Snyman, 19, William Williams, 20, and a 15-year-old teenager were sentenced to one-year imprisonment, of which six months were suspended for three years, provided they were not found guilty of a similar offence within that time.

The three were found guilty last week of stealing and torturing Bukshi, an Arab gelding and a rescued cart horse, which belonged to a local family, in April 2010.

According to the Bolander newspaper he had been ridden with a barbed wire bit, beaten, whipped and stabbed, and had his tail and mane cut off. He had been missing for three days and managed to walk back to his home.

A vet had to put him down.

The two other accused, Benito Plaatjies and Marlin Arries, were found not guilty as there was insufficient evidence against them.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-04-03 23:43

    All those involved, their life will be cursed this is assured, the darkness that brews within these characters a story to be told to the very end of their days, we delve deeper into insanity day by day.

      Dawn - 2012-04-04 07:24

      Shame the poor animal..God put us on this earth to look after animals..and then you get these kids that is most definitely under satinism,I'm a horse lover myself,and can't even stand reading the story and then thinking what that poor already abused animal went through.

  • michael.a.devilliers - 2012-04-04 01:17

    Future serial killers in the making. At least the police have their fingerprints...

  • Pieter - 2012-04-04 02:08

    I pray to all the Gods that the accused are also ridden in jail

  • Dries - 2012-04-04 02:43

    God woun't let me meet up with them because He knows what I will do to them....

  • lalen9151 - 2012-04-04 05:46

    Bet if that werte a human they wouldn't get off so lightly. Sick sick sick, there is something wrong with a society that's gives slaps on the wrist for this kinda of behavious. Its only a matter of time till they move up to Some thing they may deam as more fun to play with. Pity though that the mentality is "well let's see if they do it again before we punish them properly" boo freaken hoo.

  • flaming.oven - 2012-04-04 06:45

    May you suffer in eternity. You pieces of shyte!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • bluzulu - 2012-04-04 06:54

    What is wrong with these young perpetrators. Nothing better to do?

  • Marina - 2012-04-04 07:03

    Sick Bastards! I'd love to get hold of them and let my pony kick them to death. May your soul soar Bukshi.

  • Johan - 2012-04-04 07:25

    SA needs much stricter laws against animal abuse.

      anthea.myburgh - 2012-04-04 09:10

      Hi Johan - this has been one of the harshest sentencings for animal abuse in SA - so a step in the right direction!

  • Nicole - 2012-04-04 07:50

    I hope they get what is coming to them! Anyone who treats an animal in such a way can't function in society! Poor poor little soul! I hope that those bastards rot! If that were my horse, would have done the exactly what they did to that poor animal to them and far more worse! Disgusting evil pigs!

  • Zahir - 2012-04-04 07:52

    These thugs need to be subject to same torture

  • Angela - 2012-04-04 08:03

    Pathetic sentence - from this day forward I will give to animal charities only - I'm sick of the depravity of the human race.

  • lebogang.molefo - 2012-04-04 08:35

    This is just sick....

  • lebogang.molefo - 2012-04-04 08:37

    This is just sick....

  • Billy - 2012-04-04 08:52

    Where is the justice in this? Courts are setting a poor example to animal abusers!

  • Karen - 2012-04-04 09:28

    Kill them!!! These boys will kill again and next time it will be human!

      carinetswhite - 2012-04-04 10:17

      serial killers in the making!

  • Julie - 2012-04-04 09:30

    "sentenced to one-year imprisonment, of which six months were suspended for three years" - too light Mr Judge. I'd like to "chat" to them...

  • Landé - 2012-04-04 09:59

    Sick bastards!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! May your souls rot for eternity! Serial killers usually start with animals.. I am so disgusted and outraged at this. What the hell is WRONG with you???!!!! And it was a poor old horse, who was a rescue case! Oh please send those murderers to me?? I will ensure that they are suitably "punished"! I hope your time in jail is terrible, and may you be "ridden" as you were riding!!!!!!

  • Sharon - 2012-04-04 10:00

    For god's sake can we get someone in power who can bring back the death penalty - why do we have to look after convicted vermin like this! Shameful publish their photos so we can all see what vermin look like!!

  • rianette.kemp - 2012-04-04 10:10

    "He had been missing for three days and managed to walk back to his home" This piece broke my heart (being a horse owner), he knew where he would be loved to the end. Damn these bastards

  • Sara - 2012-04-04 10:22

    This horse belonged to a close friend of mine, and this trial took a long and emotional 2 years to finally come to a guilty verdict. She has fought tooth and nail and this needs to be a lesson to all that animal cruelty and murder needs the same justice and sense of urgency as any other crime.

  • KATAFRICA - 2012-04-04 10:33

    Sick! These scum bags need to be "put down"!

  • sonya.koekemoer - 2012-04-04 10:49

    Only a years sentence, WTF, they should be put to death too! Bring back the friken death penalty so people like them can die inhumain deaths so they can suffer like that poor horse! I hope a bus hits them and I hope they DIE alone and in Pain!!

  • Colleen - 2012-04-04 10:50

    It sad how people can cause harm to an animal I'm angry I think these people should be given a more stronger jail term so that can send a mes to others I'm heart sore when I think of the pain that animal suffered

  • natasha.groenewald1 - 2012-04-04 11:00

    The only consolation is that fact that the size of their anal cavity will increase significantly whilst behind bars even just for a couple of months. Degenerate misfits.

  • Jane - 2012-04-04 11:11

    People should take a stand against animal abuse, even if you suspect something - don't keep quiet. Animals will suffer in silence until a human stands up for them and puts and end to the suffering. The abuse and torturing of animals aswell as the killing of animals is a sign of some sort of mental problem, and parents need to take note of this, these are the future wife beaters, child rapists and murderes of SA.

  • Rainbow - 2012-04-04 11:48

    Sick!! What goes around comes around, these kids belong in an institution.

  • Jason - 2012-04-04 11:59

    They should've been put down alongside that horse!!!

  • lyn.duplessis - 2012-04-04 12:57

    Disgusting humans - they should have been tortured the same as Bukshi.

  • Natasja - 2012-04-04 13:10

    What horrible kids! Why would any human being torture any animal. I am so disgusted, how dare they get away with it and how dare they torture any animal. God does not sleep, they will get what is coming to them.

  • nvanjaarsveld - 2012-04-04 13:29

    I hope they get ridden by prisoners who are hung like a horse. :(

  • Jill - 2012-04-04 20:08

    Stupid sick people, they should have been stabbed, whipped and even barbwire in their mouths. Poor horse it must have been in so much pain

  • Sophia - 2012-04-05 12:40

    How sad to torture beautiful animals when they absolutely can't defend themselves. What cowardice!!!!!!!!!

  • Rosalind - 2012-04-05 14:33

    This is a victory in as much as previous sentencing has been even more lenient, nevertheless it is still pitifully inadequate. Until our politicians grow a heart and recognise the rights of animals we will continue to live amongst barbarians, and until they grow a brain and recognise that youths such as these need intense counselling and rehabilitation the rate of violent crimes will continue to rise.

  • flyswat - 2012-04-05 19:37

    It happened to me too. My horse was taken and torturned, her tail cut off and put in a cart and driven until her feet bled. She was tied to a tree with no food and water, her tether nearly severing a foot. She was abandoned to die after the fun was had and she was cripple. After a week long search, a tracker from Cape Town and the Oudtshoorn Stock Theft Unit found her near death, unable to get up. We managed to get her home where she lay down for two days, rarely getting up. She had festering hoof abscesses on all fours. Thankfully she survived, but it has taken months to repair her feet and I'm struggling to get weight on her. Her tail now reaches her hocks so at least she is able to swat flies somewhat. Through all of this abuse, she still remains the kindest, most loving horse a person could ever wish to have. As for the abusers... minors. I am told they walk free to continue doing what they do best.

  • flyswat - 2012-04-05 19:43

    Hmmm, thumbsdowners on this subject?? The mind boggles somewhat.

  • Jean - 2012-04-06 10:51

    Anyone who can do what these people did are deeply disturbed sadists and need to be put down - painfully! Do hope they leave jail feet first.

  • Clarice - 2012-04-07 22:32

    There is no justice in South Africa. The government is corrupt and the innocent have to suffer! Poor horse did not deserve this at all and yet the criminals are laughing.

  • Danny - 2012-05-09 12:23

    Shame on these weird guys who could just get away with such heinous crimes to the poor animals who cannot speak.Had the poor animals could only speak,just imagine how they would have begged and screamed in agony. What kind of human beings have we got on this mother earth?

  • afrdick - 2012-05-09 13:48

    What I want to say, I can not say on this medium. But beleive me, I have a lot to say!! Basterds!!

  • anelvw - 2012-08-27 10:38

    May you all ROT in hell!!!!! May you suffer by the fury of your own deeds!!!

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