New arrest in 16-year-old murder a 'surprise' - victim's mom

2015-09-14 22:03

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Cape Town - The arrest of another suspect following Valencia Farmer’s murder 16 years ago came as a complete surprise, her mother said on Monday.

"I didn’t know there [were] other people involved," Sylvia Farmer said.

She praised the investigating officer, Lieutenant Colonel Eddie Clark, who had been dealing with the matter since 1999.

"I’m so proud that he kept going with the case. Sixteen years and three months."

She was not able to make it to the Blue Downs Magistrate’s Court, in Cape Town, for the man’s appearance as she had heard of it too late. She said she did not know the suspect but understood he was a gang member. She would be there for the man’s next appearance on Monday.

Netwerk24 reported that the man was arrested on Saturday after Clark received new information.

Farmer was 14 when she was raped in an abandoned house in Eucalyptus Street, Eersterivier, in June 1999. She was repeatedly stabbed and her throat was slit. She crawled into the street where a neighbour found her. She died in Tygerberg Hospital, but was able to tell police who her attackers were.

Six men were initially arrested. Only three were convicted and sentenced. Glenville Faro and Franklyn 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.

Farmer had been opposing parole for the two of the men convicted of killing her daughter and would continue to do so.

"They must serve out their double-life sentences."

Farmer said she wanted to remember her daughter the way she was at 14, when she surprised her by baking a cake for her, or made her food and then asked her whether she had done it correctly.

"I know what she was like as a child. That’s how I want to remember her," she said.

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