Krugersdorp murder case postponed to allow finalisation of plea agreements

2018-05-02 18:30
High Court. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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The case of the five so-called "Krugersdorp murderers" has been postponed to May 16 for the finalisation of plea agreements.

Cecilia Steyn, 37, Zak Valentine, 33, Marinda Steyn, 51, her son Le Roux Steyn, 22, and daughter Marcel, 20, are charged with numerous crimes, including murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, theft, fraud and intimidation.

You magazine reported last month that the group is accused of murdering 11 people during a crime spree between 2012 and 2016. The killings reportedly started when Cecilia Steyn, who claimed to be a child psychologist, fell out with the pastor of their church, Overcomers Through Christ.

The magazine reported that she allegedly carried out the killings with her close friend, high school teacher Marinda Steyn and insurance broker Zak Valentine. Steyn's children, Le Roux and Marcel, are also accused of being involved in the murders.

Another accused, John Barnard, 42, was sentenced to 20 years in jail in December 2016 after he pleaded guilty to 13 charges, including murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

He will be a State witness.

Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng agreed to postpone the case to May 16 so that plea agreements can be finalised.

News24 earlier reported  that two of the five accused wanted to negotiate plea agreements with the State.

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