'Sword killer' pleads guilty

2009-04-14 12:06

Johannesburg - The 18-year-old accused of killing a fellow pupil with a sword pleaded guilty to all the charges against him in the high court in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

Dressed in a striped black shirt, black pants and a pair of takkies, Morne Harmse appeared before Judge Gerhardus Hattingh and pleaded guilty to murder and three counts of attempted murder.

He will be sentenced on June 16.

On August 18, 2008, Harmse, brandishing a Samurai sword and wearing a mask, killed 16-year-old Jacques Pretorius at Nic Diederichs Technical High School in Krugersdorp. He also stabbed and injured another boy and two gardeners.

Harmse walked into the courtroom just before 10:30 and smiled at his family in the public gallery. His mother sobbed uncontrollably.

Some members of both the Pretorius and Harmse families, who sat in the front row, burst into tears when they saw him.