'I hope he dies a slow, painful death' - beheaded teen's mom on his killer

2016-03-17 11:01
Aljar Swartz in court. (Jenni Evans, News24)

Aljar Swartz in court. (Jenni Evans, News24)

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Cape Town – A life sentence for the killer of beheaded Ravensmead teenager Lee Adams is not good enough, the teen's mom said on Wednesday.

"They tell me to forgive and forget but I can't because of what he did to my child," a teary Gaynor Adams said of the recently-convicted Aljar Swartz.

Speaking out for the first time, she said she did not know how to feel about Swartz being found guilty of murder this week.

But there was fire in her eyes thinking about the punishment he deserved.

"I wouldn't say I hope he gets life in prison because that is not what I want. I hope he dies a slow and painful death and that is what I feel. And I hope he goes through what my son had to go through in those last moments."

No matter the jail term, she said he was still going to "have a meal every day, be healthy, happy and the same person he has been all this time and not showing remorse".

"I don’t see how you can do that to another person and still be like that so I actually hope he dies."


Swartz recently admitted to targeting the teen so he could sell the body parts to a sangoma.

The 15-year-old victim's face and neck had stab wounds, bruises and abrasions.

His body was found in an abandoned school while his head was later found in Swartz's backyard.

The defence indicated it would perform an exorcism on Swartz in prison to release him of demonic forces.

Adams would not share whether she believed he was possessed or not. But as a Christian, she knew "this stuff" was real.

Sentencing proceedings are expected to start next month.

The emotional wounds were still fresh and she was not yet up to being in court. She was grateful her aunt had been there for her.

"I don’t know what that pig looks like," she said. "But I am not ready to face him."

"I hate him. Nobody is going to tell me when it's time to heal or when it's time to stop grieving. Nobody knows what bond Lee and I shared and what we went through."

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