Mother of beheaded teen lost 'her everything'

2016-03-16 21:15

Cape Town – Speaking out for the first time since her teenage son was killed and beheaded three years ago, Gaynor Adams said it has been lonely without her “best friend and team mate”.

She single-handedly raised Lee Adams and his murder in 2013, when he was 15, rocked her world.

“I always told him, 'It’s you and I against the world’. We were the best team ever. What I didn’t share with others, I shared with him. He was so wise for his age. I relied on him so much,” she told News24 in a sit-down interview in Cape Town on Wednesday.

Having to stop regularly to compose herself, she said she had not always been the best mother, but had tried to learn from her mistakes. She knew her son was not a saint and had dabbled in dagga for a time.

“But he was my rock, my best friend, my everything. He was the first person in my life that I loved unconditionally.”

The first time she met Lee, as a pink and swollen newborn, she said she told him he was an ugly child but her child nonetheless.

“And then he turned out to have a beautiful smile that everyone loved, and dimples. He slept on my chest every night until he was 10.”

Nicknamed Joker in class because of his humour, the teen had many friends and was good with his hands.

On Monday, the Western Cape High Court found Aljar Swartz guilty of killing Adams to sell his body parts to a sangoma, and of inciting others to lure him to Ravensmead.

Family members were often seen in court during his trial. But Adams was not yet ready to face Swartz.

Setting “the record straight”, the teary mother said she felt those relatives in court had not been there for her, except her aunt whose support was appreciated.

It hurt her deeply that they hugged his biological father in court.

“They know he was never there for my child. In Lee’s 15 years, he saw him under 10 times.”

She found strength in her fiancé Dawood and seven-year-old son Zion.

“I asked my family, did you actually know Lee? They have not been here for me. No one knew Lee like I did. He’s my son. I carried him.”

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