Highway killer gets life in jail as warning to others

2016-09-29 13:08
Adrian Hendricks, who terrorised motorists along the N2 in Cape Town, was given life in jail by Western Cape High Court on Thursday. He killed a policeman who changed his tyre. The court said it wanted to send a strong message out. (Supplied)

Adrian Hendricks, who terrorised motorists along the N2 in Cape Town, was given life in jail by Western Cape High Court on Thursday. He killed a policeman who changed his tyre. The court said it wanted to send a strong message out. (Supplied)

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Cape Town – A man was handed a life sentence on Thursday for fatally stabbing a policeman who stopped to change a flat tyre on the N2 in Cape Town.

The Western Cape High Court imposed the heavy sentence on Adrian Hendricks, 22, as a warning to anyone considering “brazenly and wantonly” terrorising motorists on a national road.

Shortly before killing Warrant Officer Petrus Johannes Burger Holz last July, he attacked motorist Jacques Loots.

Loots stopped to change a flat tyre after he drove over rocks that had been placed on the same stretch of highway. Hendricks asked if he needed help, before stabbing him in the collarbone with a knife. 

The court said he was lucky to be alive.

Hendricks denied the crimes at first. After being convicted, he admitted to the attacks, but said his friends had placed rocks in the road.

Judge Robert Henney said the matter, which attracted much interest, was one where “retribution and deterrence should come to the fore”.

‘Road users fear N2 area’

“It is a well-known fact that travelling on the N2 in the area in which incident took place, has instilled a sense of fear and anguish in road users about the prospect of being attacked.”

The road was an important link to outlying areas and other provinces.

The public, businesses, public transport and especially tourists going to and from the airport, used it.

Police stretched their resources to guard the road and there were even signs warning motorists of the danger.

Henney said it was thus important to protect the road.

Hendricks received 15 years’ imprisonment for aggravated robbery in the Holz incident, 10 years for aggravated robbery in the Loots incident, and five years each for malicious damage to their cars.

These sentences would run concurrently with the life sentence.

Hendricks stared straight ahead as the sentence was read out.

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.

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