Killer's sentencing delayed due to water shortage

2015-11-18 22:23


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Johannesburg - The sentencing proceedings of convicted murderer Anthony Strauss were on Wednesday cut short due to water issues at the Randburg Magistrate's Court.

The building had no water since early on Wednesday morning. All the accused were taken back to prison a few hours earlier than usual. 

It was not immediately clear what had caused the water disruptions. 

A homeopathic doctor had on Wednesday taken to the stand to testify in Strauss's mitigation of sentence. 

He was expected back on the stand when court proceedings resumed on December 2. 

Strauss had on Tuesday also taken to the stand where he gave the court reasons as to why he should not be handed the harshest sentence. 

During the trial, he had admitted to strangling Lerusha Govender in a fit of rage on December 30 after the pair had a disagreement. 

Strauss had been hired by Govender in December last year to build kitchen cupboards at her house in Paulshof, Johannesburg.

He told the court he had tied an electrical cord around Govender's neck and chocked her to death, stating he had never meant to kill her.

Under cross-examination, Strauss had admitted to being a drug addict and told the court he had used drugs on several occasions on the day he killed Govender.

Strauss's cellphone records were brought in as part of the evidence, and it was revealed that he had spent the day making phone calls to his Nigerian drug dealers as well as to his girlfriend Lilla Shaw.

Shaw had introduced Govender to Strauss and recommended him for the job.

It was understood that Strauss had strangled and killed Govender and then covered her with a duvet.

He spent several hours at her home after killing her and left in her sports car the next morning.

Govender's body was later discovered at her home by her brother.

Strauss was found guilty of murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

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