Killer wants to pay victim's child support

2012-08-17 08:32

Cape Town - A man who was convicted of killing a Cape Town father when he beat him to death in a scrap yard fight says he wants to pay child support for his victim’s 5-year-old daughter.

The Daily Voice reported that Sergio van Wyk, 24, - who weighed only 50kg - was beaten to death by Rudolph Erasmus at Makro Metals Scrapyard in Parow in December 2009.

Erasmus is a big man of around 120kg.

Erasmus’s lawyer said his client felt remorse for what he had done and wanted to pay child support. He hoped the court would take this into account when he was sentenced.

But the state prosecutor was not convinced, saying Erasmus had a history of violence.

The Van Wyk family was said to be struggling financially since the man’s death but the victim’s mother, Esme van Wyk said she still didn’t want Erasmus’s money.

“I will refuse the R500 per month. I will raise my grandchild with my own money. The court must give a severe sentence, now he wants to pay his way out of prison.”

  • kevin.vanblerk - 2012-08-17 08:58

    I agree with you Esme, don't take this murderer's money, he needs to sit in jail for the gruesome deed he has done, it was not the first time he displayed such violence, Rudolph is a violent person by nature, he needs to be taught a lesson. If we had the death sentence that should have been his punishment.

      marlizeblignault.scheepers - 2012-08-17 09:39

      What he did I do not agree with but before we condem him we need to see him as a friend a father and brother to someone. A lot of families will be affected trough this.

      marlizeblignault.scheepers - 2012-08-17 09:42

      What he did I do not agree with but before we condem him we need to see him as a friend a father and brother to someone. A lot of families will be affected trough this.

      marlizeblignault.scheepers - 2012-08-18 12:53

      So his kids needs to suffer to is that what you are saying. They are inocent too or do they not count maybe you are the monster and he is a humanbeing. What's done is done you can't turn back the clock but you can only make amends and I think that's what he is trying to do

  • abra.kadaver.1 - 2012-08-17 09:05

    cutting off your nose too spite your face , very mature .

      vengence.wilbefierce - 2012-08-17 09:20

      Well done. Spoken like a person devoid of all principles. What a wonderful era we live in. - 2012-08-17 09:34

      It not about spiting yourself, but a matter of principle.. This guy seems to believe that paying R500 toward child support will suddenly make everything better when it won't.. good on her for not accepting it.

  • nasiefa.jacksonlazarus - 2012-08-17 09:23

    R500 a month isn't going to bring back the little girls father !!!

  • laetitia.herholdt - 2012-08-17 10:03

    Don't be stupid - take the money. If you don't need it now, open a savings account for the child. Wait a few months/years & go to maintenance court to increase the amount. Maybe you can nail him later on for school and university fees. Nothing will make up for the loss, but a new car when the little girl turns 18 or an overseas holiday after finishing school, will surely help a little. Let him pay!Your grandchild deserve it!

      watsongeorgejan - 2012-08-17 10:42

      I don't think it's fair to use the word stupid in relation to the grandma as this is very emotional for her. But, i agree with you on accepting the money for the girl's sake. When she turns 18 the amount will be around R78000 plus interest, tha's on the R500 alone. And on the premise that she may recquire an increase in the future it will be more which will come in handy in the young girl's education after school.

  • twist.cas - 2012-08-17 10:38

    Don't accept that offer MUM, let him face the music.He should have thought about this before he act.Someone is fatherless because of him, idiot.

      abra.kadaver.1 - 2012-08-17 11:17

      regardless of whether he pays or not , he has already been convicted of the crime and will face the sentence. Why not help the child have a slightly better future with a small amount of extra money every month ?

  • ndyebs.goso - 2012-08-17 11:35

    Every time you receive the money from this evil man you will be reminded of the brutal killing. If you want to allow the time to heal your wound don't take his money. May the Almighty God give you the strength and the wisdom you need to succeed in the upbringing of your daughter. God bless.

      Charlene van Zyl - 2013-03-13 16:03

      his no evil man

  • raquel.sales.7547 - 2012-08-17 14:05

    R500.00 you joking me right? Why not offer to pay the family the full income value of Sergio's salary... My dog's food cost R500.00 per month!

      Charlene van Zyl - 2013-03-13 16:10

      sergio did not have a income, what do u think he was doing at the scrap yard, giving in scrap for money for drugs. a person that gets a income doesnt hang out at the scrap yard for the last 3 years giving in scrap.

  • thys.meyer.12 - 2012-08-29 13:54

    All these comments seem a bit one sided...yes the man was found guilty but we dont know the whole story... there's nothing wrong with feeling remorse and trying to pay child support to help the child out doesn't matter what the amount, it's easy to judge when you don't know what kind of people you have to deal with at scrapyards every day... what they steal from friends and family to sell to the scrapyards because of desperateness for alchohol or drugs.

  • Charlene van Zyl - 2013-03-13 16:08

    u guys saying all this bad things have no idea what happened that day. his not trying to pay his way out of prison, his just wanting to help the little girl. one cant turned what happened around but one can ry help in the future.

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