Western Cape killers jailed

2012-04-20 17:03

Cape Town - A gardener convicted of raping and murdering his woman employer in Robertson was handed two life sentences in the Western Cape High Court on Friday.

David Johnson, 39, was sentenced by Judge Robert Henney, who ordered that the sentences run concurrently.

He sentenced co-accused Henry Malies, 40, to two concurrent 20-year jail terms.

The men were found guilty of luring nurse Gail Benting, 51, into a trap by saying she had won a bakkie and trailer.

She met the men at a petrol station on 19 November 2010, to claim her prize. She was strangled and her half-naked body found in her red bakkie along the R60.

Her cellphone and R900 in cash were missing.

Johnson was arrested after his fingerprints were found in her car.

Henney said he was faced by the seriousness of the crimes while deliberating over sentencing. There were no mitigating circumstances for Johnson and only a few for Malies.

He said that what counted in Malie's favour was that he had four children to look after, two who were still in nappies.

It was clear to Henney that the men abused Benting's trust, especially since she had handed over money to them without question, he said.

Benting was a small and thin woman who would have been powerless against two men attacking her.

The men in the dock showed little emotion while the judge spoke. They were led back to the cells shortly after consulting with their counsel.