Teen, 16, 'truly sorry' for stepdad's murder

2017-07-06 13:45
Ramsgate girl hopes for forgiveness after murdering her stepfather.

Ramsgate girl hopes for forgiveness after murdering her stepfather. (File)

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Pietermarittzburg - A KwaZulu-Natal High Court judge is weighing up what type of punishment is suitable for a 16-year-old girl who arranged to have her stepdad murdered and helped his killers.

Facing sentencing alongside the teenager is one of the two killers who said in a written statement to court that he’d agreed to help the teen in return for a promise of payment of R20 000.

Both pleaded guilty at Ramsgate on an earlier occasion to the murder, which occurred on the south coast on March 22, 2016.

In her written plea before Acting Judge Kobus Booyens and an assessor, the teenager admitted that she approached others and they then together planned to kill the victim, whom she described as her mother’s lover. She said before the killing her brother had “altercations” with their mother over abuse she was subjected to at home.

She said on March 22 last year “as planned” she allowed the two killers to enter the homestead where her stepfather lay sleeping and they attacked and stabbed him.

They then wrapped him in a blanket and put him under the bed. The teenager said she helped the killers to clean up the blood on the bed.

'Full responsibility'

“Upon long and proper reflection I am truly sorry for causing the death of my stepfather.

“I take full responsibility for my wrongful and unlawful conduct and hope that my mother, as well as the deceased’s family and friends, will find it in their hearts to eventually forgive me for the terrible grief I have caused them,” she said.

A social worker, S.G. Sikhakane. told the court on Wednesday there are no youth detention centres in KZN where juvenile female prisoners can serve their sentences. All are for awaiting trial prisoners or for males.

The Westville Prison does cater for juvenile offenders.

The court also heard the only centre for girls in the Western Cape won’t take children from other provinces due to language barriers.

Asked by the judge to elaborate about the teen’s allegations of abuse at home, Sikhakane said the girl reported that her stepfather and mother often assaulted her physically and “chased her out of the home”.

She had also reported that her stepfather had a habit of entering the bathroom when she was naked and make remarks like she is “pretty” or “has a nice body”, but did not report that he touched her.

Young female inmates at Westville Prison

A senior social worker at Correctional Services at Westville Prison, Zilungile Dlamini, said the prison caters for juveniles aged from 14 years to 20 years and offers various educational and rehabilitative programmes.

She said currently there are six female prisoners there.

Two killed their own children and are serving 10 and eight years; three had murdered their boyfriends and were serving sentences of 10 and 12 years, and a 14-year-old was serving a two-year term for child abandonment.

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