Man back in court for Valencia Farmer murder

2015-10-16 07:12
Sylvia Farmer holds a photo of her late daughter Valencia who was murdered in 1999.

Sylvia Farmer holds a photo of her late daughter Valencia who was murdered in 1999. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Cape Town- Elmario Maasdorp is back in the Blue Downs Magistrate’s Court on Friday, charged with raping and killing 14-year-old Valencia Farmer 16 years ago.

He previously decided not to apply for bail. After initially opting to conduct his own defence, he however applied to get legal representation.

Maasdorp was arrested and appeared in court in September, after investigating officer Lieutenant Colonel Eddie Clark got a warrant for his arrest because of new information that came to light.

According to a Sapa report from September 2000, a confession by one of Farmer’s killers, Glenville Faro, detailed how Maasdorp and Franklin Roberts raped and stabbed Farmer in a derelict house, where he (Faro) had had sex with her. She was stabbed 53 times.

Maasdorp, who was 21 when the crime was committed, had the charges against him withdrawn.

Farmer was led to an abandoned house in Eucalyptus Street, Eersterivier, on June 26, 1999. She was raped, repeatedly stabbed and her throat was slit. She crawled into the street where a neighbour found her. Before she died in Tygerberg Hospital, she told police who her attackers were.

Six men were initially arrested. Faro and Roberts received two life sentences each. They failed to get parole this year and would apply again early next year.

Russel van Wyk, who was 16 when he was sentenced in March 2001, got 23 years in jail. Both of his parole applications, in 2013 and 2014, were rejected. 

Two others were released because they could not be linked to the crime. The sixth man was acquitted due to a lack of evidence.

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