Convicted cop killer 'sorry'

2016-09-29 05:44
N2 accident (JP Smith, Supplied to News24)

N2 accident (JP Smith, Supplied to News24)

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Cape Town - A Cape Town man who has been convicted for the murder of a police officer will be sentenced at the Cape Town High Court on Friday. 

Adrian Hendricks was convicted on September 19 for the murder of Warrant Officer Petrus Johannes Burger Holz last July. After his conviction Hendricks suddenly admitted he was guilty of fatally stabbing the police officer who had stopped to change a flat tyre on the N2 in Cape Town, News24 reported.

He offered an apology out of the blue after deciding to take the stand in mitigation of sentence in the Western Cape High Court.

This after his lawyer Sheriff Mohamed had argued that he was young, could be rehabilitated and was asking for forgiveness.

"I want to say I am sorry," the baby-faced 22-year-old mumbled.

Hendricks has previously denied that he was responsible for the death of Burger Holz.

He maintained he had come across an injured Burger Holz while walking along the highway to meet a friend at Meerlust farm. He claimed that he took Burger Holz's possessions but had nothing to do with the attack.

On Monday morning the court found him guilty of murder (dolus eventualis), two counts of malicious damage to property, robbery with aggravating circumstances and attempted robbery with aggravating circumstances.

The other charges related to an attack on Jacques Loots, who had also stopped to change a flat tyre on July 17 last year after he drove over rocks that had been placed on the same stretch of highway.

Hendricks asked if he needed help before stabbing him with a knife. Loots survived the attack.

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