Croeser to tie the knot in jail

2018-05-21 10:11
Convicted wife-killer to marry girlfriend.

Convicted wife-killer to marry girlfriend. (Facebook)

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Wedding bells are in the air at New Prison for jailbird Morné Croeser’s wedding to the woman he was cheating with when he murdered his wife.

Tying the knot in the high security state facility is somewhat unusual, said prison sources, with one recalling the last being several years ago. 

Croeser, a former dog handler with the Mountain Rise dog unit was sentenced to 23 years’ imprisonment, which was reduced to 18 years on appeal, for killing his wife Erika. It happened at their home in the Mzinsi Game Reserve in Albert Falls on August 28, 2010.

Croeser started serving the sentence in 2014 after the appeal.

A legal expert said that having regard to when he was sentenced, Croeser has to serve about five years or more before he is released on parole.

The trial court had heard evidence that the couple had a stormy relationship and that Croeser had an affair with Ruth Sinclair, a local school teacher. Erika had threatened to divorce him and had applied for a protection order against him after he threatened to kill anyone who tried to take his two children away from him.

Prison spokesperson, Thulani Mdluli, confirmed this week that Croeser’s application to get married has been granted.

However, he did not divulge the date saying that matrimonial activities for offenders take place under very strict security because they involve an external audience which, if not observed accordingly, “can compromise security and place other people’s lives at risk”.

Mdluli added that permission was only granted following security checks for Croeser and his spouse.

“Other information concerning the wedding is strictly not consented to the public,” he said.

Sinclair’s ex-husband Pierre van Rensburg said on Friday that he was not “particularly happy about the wedding”. He has two children with her.

Her father Richard Sinclair said he did not know about the wedding until told by Weekend Witness. He did not wish to comment.

Erika’s twin brother Francois Schafer said, “We wish them luck with their marriage. Let them be as happy as what my sister was”.

Several attempts to contact Sinclair were unsucessful.

On her Facebook page, in 2015 she posted “Morné I’m yours. One day closer. I love you”.

She also posted a photograph of a man’s stomach with a tatoo of her name inscribed on it.

During Croeser’s trial Sinclair had testified that she was involved in an “on and off” extramarital relationship with Croeser from March 2009. She said that after they started a relationship, Croeser moved in with her for two weeks in October that year and again for three weeks in November 2009.

The trial court found that he had staged a robbery at his home and stabbed himself in the stomach to try to mislead police. The knife, which missed all major organs and nerves, was still embedded in his abdomen when paramedics arrived. Erika was stabbed 14 times in the face and neck.

The policeman had pleaded not guilty, claiming he and Erika were attacked by an intruder after they returned home from a bar early that morning.

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