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Victim's mom attacks cemetery killer

2012-11-02 15:31

Virginia - Welkom graveyard killer Maartens van der Merwe was assaulted by his victim's mother on Friday shortly after being sentenced by the Virginia Circuit Court.

Michael van Eck's mother Henriette hit Van der Merwe while he was going down the court steps to the holding cells.

"Mag jy vrek, fokken hond [May you die, fucking dog]," she told Van der Merwe, landing a fist on his back and a slap on his head.

Her husband tried to restrain her, but also got a slap against the chest.

Judge Ian van der Merwe sentenced Van der Merwe to life imprisonment for killing Van Eck in April 2011.

He also imposed 10 years for robbery with aggravated circumstances and five years for his mutilation of Van Eck's body.

The judge said the murder was one of the most unsettling and gruesome cases he had ever handled.

He said Van der Merwe and his fiancée and co-accused, Chané van Heerden, dismembered the bodies of cats before they started looking for a human victim.

The judge accepted that Van der Merwe was in love with Van Heerden.

He said Van der Merwe might not have played the dominant role in the murder, but he acknowledged that he had his own motives in relation to the murder.

The judge said the murder had been precisely planned, violent and executed with chilling calculation.

Van Eck was lured and murdered to satisfy the murderers' individual macabre purposes.

Judge van der Merwe said in a case such as this, there was a strong public interest.

It was obvious from evidence by Van Eck’s mother that Michael was a popular member of the family and community.

His murder affected the family deeply and continued to do so.

The judge said there were signs of genuine remorse from Van der Merwe, but evidence indicated that, without proper help, he was a danger to society.

"I cannot close my eyes to this evidence. He could not explain why he was unable not stop himself from committing the crimes."

There were no compelling reasons to give a lesser sentence.

"I have no choice but to give a life imprisonment sentence on count one." Van der Merwe’s counsel Pieter Nel asked the court to consider an application for leave to appeal against the sentence for murder, but this was denied.

Comments
  • kala.bafazi - 2012-11-02 15:35

    If it was son that had been killed I would have tried to give him more than just a slap.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-11-02 15:48

      I would have tried to snap his neck.

      Kawasaki1985 - 2012-11-02 15:57

      You go girl !! 'F' him up !! No worries cause they gonna get him goooood in jail !!

      arthur.hugh - 2012-11-02 16:03

      Only thing I don't understand is why Chané only got 20 years but he gets life? Surely they both should be in jail for life?

      arthur.hugh - 2012-11-02 16:09

      Only thing I don't understand is why did Chané get 20 years but he gets life? Surely they're equally guilty for murder?

      john.kirkwood.9619 - 2012-11-02 16:23

      HUGH WHAT I DONT UNDERSTAND IS WHY WE MUST SUPPORT THEM FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES, DEATH SENTENCE MUCH MORE COST EFFECTIVE, BUT A SLOW ONE LIKE STONING OR SOME SORT OF BAD MUTILATION

      LutherKingsley - 2012-11-02 17:26

      White boy do it at the graveyard, black boys do it at Marikana hill and other convenient places - regardless, all these murderous trash must either be executed or jailed for life.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-11-02 15:38

    Well done to the mother. I hope that will be the image he see's for the rest of his pathetic live behind bars.

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-11-02 15:44

      Sorry. Life.

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-11-02 21:33

      Lets hope that life is extremely short, like a day or two. Me, I'd pay someone on the inside to take care of him if it was my child he murdered.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-11-02 15:39

    Good for her!n He needs to be slowly tortured and then left to die a painful death! I just hope this family is able to recover from this and find some kind of closure. Though for the life of me I dont know how!

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-11-02 15:40

    Poor woman....I cannot even begin to imagine her grief and frustration.

  • Sulette Behnke - 2012-11-02 15:41

    I can't imagine beginning to feel her pain

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-11-02 15:50

    This is where the death sentance would have been Justified.

      diana.gill.18 - 2012-11-02 15:56

      To me looks like he will feel so much sorry that he is not going to be executed.

  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-11-02 15:57

    She should have tried and ripped his eyes out.

  • esther.badenhorst - 2012-11-02 15:59

    What happened to chane? The partner in crime

      arthur.hugh - 2012-11-02 16:10

      I saw somewhere in a previous article it mentioned her getting not less than 20 years - but surely she should get life as well - they are both equally guilty of murder surely?

      esther.badenhorst - 2012-11-02 16:13

      Agreed, plus she's the one who was said to show no remorse

      marike.colyn - 2012-11-02 16:34

      Chane got a sentence that has to be a minimum of 25 years, but could possibly be for the rest of her life on earth. So her sentence is actually heavier that his...

  • lskosana3 - 2012-11-02 16:15

    I can fully understand how she feels, if anyone touched my child they wouldn't make it to jail. I'd murder the scum

  • cheree.cox - 2012-11-02 16:24

    Slow torture till death is wat the murderers need ...

  • gail.hayesbean - 2012-11-02 16:35

    He is a schizophrenic psychopath and people with this disorder are incurable. The illness can be controlled to a degree by drugs but someone has to make sure that he takes them and family are obviously unable to do so. This sort of thing is partially genetic, partially nurture and upbringing but ultimately it can happen in the best of families. Schizophrenia can be induced by drugtaking but its actual origins are still shrouded in mystery. People like him have to be supervised by strongminded people with the correct training as they are frequently highly intelligent and gifted when the condition is controlled. It is incurable but controllable to a degree.I feel for all the families here not just the victim. Incarceration is the only answer here since his illness left uncontrolled will always have the potential to spiral into acts of this nature. Let's just be grateful he will not add to the genepool. He didn't choose to be schizophrenic - it may have been brought on by smoking dagga or other illegal drugs - and I have seen first hand what effect this has on a family. It may only commence during puberty and until the person is of age families try and control it and can request help from health and police. You may come from the best home in the world but money won't heal this and the family are the first victims. Society will not lock someone like this away until they have commited a crime. The victims here are not only the family of the young man who died but also his family.

      ASRPringle - 2012-11-02 17:32

      They are a menace to law abiding citizens and based on their actions to date they don't deserve the right to life. Rational law abiding political correctness se m*3r, normal morals and values do not apply to this kind of scum. Act like a rabid animal and there's only one result...die like a rabid animal (I dare you to disagree when a loved one of yours is at the receiving end of violence like this)

      gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-11-02 17:49

      Just one drug needed to control him. Cyanide.

      jaded.oldfart - 2012-11-02 19:41

      dagga is a plant, not a drug

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-11-02 22:31

      Lerinda, I'm not a psychologist, but I truly think Gail have a point in my stupidity and all. Also met people like those she describe, and for this creature to do what he did, same with that woman, they both must have some bells ringing up there for sure, or at least some piggies died or was stillborne there.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-11-03 00:34

      You know whilst I agree with most of the sentiments you have mentioned, its a little bit like saying..."shame dont kill the shark, its a creature and was only doing what it does"....(and its killed your child.) just saying.....I feel so for the mother of the girl, and yes, the parents, and family of this creature.... there is no correct answer I am afriad.

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-11-03 08:52

      Lerinda, don't take me too seriously, as long as the thing gets out of free circulation without parole, or set free by the president I'm happy. Let's not talk about my loose screws here, we all have some mis-alignments. :-) Yaya, the parents of that creature set him free on society after bringing him up and mold his caracter. No compassion from my side for them.

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-11-03 10:59

      I watched Special Assignment this past week and on there it was stated that he was schizophrenic. I am not a qualified psychologist but have dealt with people with schizophrenia and have read a great deal about it. The reason I did not state the source of the information was because of space. Not all schizophrenics are necessarily violently inclined provided their condition is being monitored in a professional manner by qualified people who ensure that their violent tendencies do not manifest because they are properly medicated. Because of bleeding hearts and people and groups such as Scientologists many people as adults become the liability of their family and since many medical aids don't consider mental illness as a real illness these people are only placed in mental institutions until stabilised and are then released back into society where their families are responsible and can also become victims. I know of a family where they have literally bankrupted themselves and been assaulted with knives etc because the patient did not adhere to the medical regimen due to side effects or delusions. Whilst the court evidence says that he is not schizophrenic it stated on Special Assignment that he was now being forcibly medicated but he has committed a terrible crime probably because his family were unable to force him to take meds as he was an adult. In light of this the only place for him is in a prison where he can be observed and medicated and pay for his crime.

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-11-03 11:14

      ASRPringle: Since I based my response on what I had read here and heard on Special Assignment I wish to point out that I do not dispute that people with this type of problem are a menace to society, however to a degree society are partially responsible for the fact that "people like these" are free to run around the streets and kill innocent victims including their own families. The parents of this pair were failed by society which prevents them from committing an adult member of their family to an institution where these violent tendencies are shackled by drugs and kept compliant in a zombielike state perhaps or in strait jackets. Society decrees that this is cruel and unwarrented unless these individuals have committed a crime. The individual has to be prepared to acknowledge their illness and sign away their rights to control over their own lives or the family have to go to court to have them placed in custodial care due to their inability to recognise right from wrong. This can be a length drawn out process and expensive for a family even if they have the money. Whether they end in prison after a crime or an insane institution for the rest of their natural lives it is going to cost the taxpayer. If we speak of cyanide this is revenge and barbaric by today's standards and introduces a whole new topic which is euthanasia which would be an answer but that too is illegal. Suicide is condemned as well. The families of these two also deserve sympathy.

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-11-03 11:35

      Lorinda - I merely passed on something mentioned on SABCTV - it was not my own diagnosis. I do however know a number of families who are living this nightmare with adult children at enormous expense both financially and from a health point of view. I have seen a divorced mother with two teenaged daughters lose it and become a wild animal requiring several policemen to drag her out from under a bush and take her away to a mental institution where she was placed in lockdown in a padded cell until she was medicated and able to be released and go back to her children. The problem is that often when medicated they either choose or forget to take the meds that keep them functional and able to lead a life in society. Money prevents the Health care system from keeping them incarcerated once they are deemed well enough to fend for themselves. In another case I know of several members of the same family lead lives of seclusion in institutions or at home under lock and key supervision where they are functional zombies with amazing IQ's in a couple of cases and low IQ's in others. Let us refrain from calling people scum and racist and any pejorative terms because that achieves nothing except to stigmatise and generalise about people to whom the epithet is applied. Of course the mother of this victim can choose to act out her anger and grief but an eye for an eye makes us all blind. Nobody is perfect and spare a thought for the families of the condemned as well or you reduce yourself.

  • annelise.vanderschyff - 2012-11-02 16:35

    Cut off his willy and let him bleed to death why do we as tax payer give him free lodging etc?????bring back the death penalty!!!!!

  • vicky.vangemert - 2012-11-02 16:59

    And can you believe that this insult to the human race still has 114 "friends" on FB????

  • kitty2wp - 2012-11-02 17:09

    Good for you Henriette, just a slap and some swear words - you did good under the circumstances. There are others who would've taken a gun or panga no matter the consequences. I hope Maartens gets tortured in prison by what awaits him - SA prisons are some of the worst in the world hee hee.

  • mitch.dhooghe - 2012-11-02 17:16

    And now our taxes will feed and house this whitetrash! Rot in hell u sick f#ck!

  • ASRPringle - 2012-11-02 17:17

    people like these need to be put down..

  • reinette.berg - 2012-11-02 18:43

    May he die a slow gruesome death.

  • cindy.m.kelley - 2012-11-02 19:40

    They should have let him and his SICK little tart out in the streets to be killed at the hands of a mob! There are enought blood thursty people in south africa that sets people a lite just because the stole something !! That is what he AND that girlfriend of his needed ! A NECKLACE !!!

  • cindy.m.kelley - 2012-11-02 19:44

    I must say , I can not even imagine the pain of the victims families but as a mother of a 20 year old son and young daughter , I also can not even imagine the devastation and pain and denial and confussion that the two killers parents must feel?!?!?! HOW do you wrap your mind around it?? That YOUR son or daughter could do such a heinous heinous deed?????? I cry for both victim and killers parents and siblings. This is too horrid for words!!!

  • emile.marais - 2012-11-02 20:01

    Perfect case to argue for the return of Capital Punishment. This was premeditated murder to satisfy a abhorrent fantasy. I truly feel sympathy for Mr v Eck's family. And all those idiots who are making this racial, grow up. You people are pathetic, shameless bigots.

  • bloubul.jonck - 2012-11-03 06:53

    gee die antie n ysterpyp

  • sesom - 2012-11-03 07:39

    She should have shot the bastard...

  • monique.fourie1 - 2012-11-05 13:18

    I vote for death sentence...... to all these bastards raping,killing,victimising and endangering our loves. Kill the F#kers

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