Granny who raised highway killer in shock after he gets life

2016-09-29 19:00
Adrian Hendricks (Supplied).

Adrian Hendricks (Supplied).

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Cape Town – “I raised him from five years old. He was never involved in things like that.”

These were the words Eastrine Hendricks murmured on Thursday morning, after her 22-year-old grandson Adrian was sentenced to life in jail for killing a policeman last year.

The elderly woman’s small, hunched frame trembled as she stood in shock outside the Western Cape High Court.

Adrian Hendricks robbed and stabbed two men who were forced to stop on the N2 highway two weeks apart in Cape Town last year. He denied putting rocks in the road. He admitted his friends had taught him how to do it but it was them, and not him, who put them there.

Motorist Jacques Loots survived after being stabbed in the collarbone.

Warrant Officer Petrus Johannes Burger Holz died from his injuries. Holz, 50, previously attached to Hawks’ commercial crime unit, was driving to work when his car struck rocks in July 2015. He was stabbed and robbed of valuables when he stopped to inspect the damage.

The Hawks set up a task team to investigate his murder.

Judge Robert Henney emphasised that Hendricks’ poor upbringing and personal circumstances did not outweigh the interests of society in protecting the national road.

‘Sore inside’

Hendricks' granny said she raised him after both his parents died. He dropped out of school after Grade 6. He began using drugs after a move to Macassar Village at 18.

“I don’t know about those two months [of the attacks]. He didn’t grow up that way,” she said in Afrikaans, shaking her head.

“I can’t say what happened.”

She clutched her chest, complaining she was sore inside.

Hendricks received 15 years imprisonment for the aggravated robbery of Holz, 10 years for the aggravated robbery of Lotz, and five years each for malicious damage to their cars.

These sentences would run concurrently with the life sentence.

Holz’s wife, Rene, struggled to hold back tears and nodded at the court’s decision. She did not want to speak to journalists, but said she was happy with the sentence.

Henney said the heavy jail term was a warning to anyone considering “brazenly and wantonly” terrorising motorists on a national road.

The matter was one where “retribution and deterrence should come to the fore”.

The National Prosecuting Authority welcomed the sentence and hoped it would act as a deterrent.

“There is a time we need to say that yes, one stopped going to school, was raised by poor parents, his circumstances were bad. Those are sort of insults to other people who grew up in that way and cannot be justified as a way of committing crimes,” said NPA Western Cape spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila.


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