Teen suspect isn't a victim - State

2012-08-23 17:16

Griekwastad - The State on Thursday lashed out at the social worker testifying for the defence in the bail application of a 16-year-old boy suspected of killing a Griekwastad couple and their daughter.

Deon Steenkamp, his wife Christel and their daughter, Marthella, were shot dead on their farm Naauwhoek on Good Friday.

Radio station OFM said in a Facebook post on Thursday that the State prosecutor JJ Cloete had accused the social worker of treating the suspect as a victim. Evidence, however, indicated he is a killer, the State said. 

The defence said it was very important that the boy go back to school. But apparently some parents at the school in Bloemfontein, where the teen was a pupil, had expressed concern, should he return to school.

The State said learning material could be provided to the boy, so schooling was therefore not a reason to grant bail.

The case has been adjourned until Friday, when the investigating officer Dick de Waal is due to testify.

  • jannie.devos.56 - 2012-08-23 17:23

    If you're old enough to kill then you're old enough to take responsibility for your actions. No pussyfooting because you're a minor.

      kevin.pitzer - 2012-08-23 17:42

      Absolutely Jannie !

      lownabester - 2012-08-23 19:42

      Ansie he deserves more than life. How can you even compare the 2. ET was not the boy's father. This youngster was driven by greed.

      theO rAcLe - 2012-08-23 19:51

      To a degree it's also the way he was brought up, We don't know the circumstances.. Was he miss treated as a child..?? Beaten by his mother and father, or a love less relationship... Still no reason to kill I suppose..

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-08-23 21:43

      Oracle, no apparently they were a close family

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-08-23 17:32

    Hang him. He knew what he was doing.

  • johan.vanheerden.737 - 2012-08-23 17:39

    Have they heard of home- schooling? Well in his case it can be jail schooling

  • Jesse Rowe - 2012-08-23 17:41

    But NO PROBLEM if the STATE make heroes/victims of the Marikana attackers (who were illegal strikers, thus by definition criminals), and villains of the police...

      ajjordaan - 2012-08-23 18:35

      No comparison mate

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-23 19:08

      Jesse, reality check - this is the son... This does not excuse what he did, but until he was arrested he was treated as a victim.

  • jannie.devos.56 - 2012-08-23 17:47

    The tragic part is that if he gets a life sentence he'll be only about 30 years old when he's free with a fat inheritance waiting, so it may still be worth it for him :-(

      lownabester - 2012-08-23 19:43

      You not allowed to inherit if you found guilty.

      jannie.devos.56 - 2012-08-24 07:38

      That's good to hear!

      nixstix - 2012-08-24 08:27

      and at 30 your whole life lays ahead of you. Just in time to meet a girl, get married, have kids of his own... will he? How will he do all that considering what he's done? Which girl will be ok with what he did *if he is found guilty*?

      dirk.vanzyl.5 - 2012-08-26 19:08

      yes but give him life for each of the family members. and maybe he can be sentence for planning the murder to inherrit the money.

  • leon.scheepers.58 - 2012-08-23 19:15

    Calling him a victim is the same as calling the 34 dead at Marikana victims - the 10 that died at their hands? THEY were the victims.

      leon.scheepers.58 - 2012-08-23 19:17

      @ ajjordaan - pretty good comparison in my mind

  • david.farmer.100 - 2012-08-23 19:36

    I believe we should not judge the boy at this stage. We dont know what went wrong , why did he do that and so forth. We should pray for him instead!

      lownabester - 2012-08-23 19:44

      Bit late for praying now. The deed's done, he should have looked for another way out, if he was mistreated.

  • Ansie Van Der Gryp - 2012-08-23 19:54

    Lowna I agree with you ... but as Farmer said what drove him to do this killings, if it was him ...there must be a story behind this, lets wait and see!!!

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-08-24 11:13

      Maybe he is a Psycopath, they think a bit different.

  • jasmien.hendricks - 2012-08-24 13:39

    How can you kill you own parents???? I read about this in the you magazine,the son of wealthy parents,his sister was a show jumping champ. Not long after the murder he took part in a show jumping competition, on his sisters horse....maybe is innocent....nah!!!

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