20-year sentence for man found to have murdered Barrydale teen

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A candlelight vigil for Lizel Booysen in Barrydale last year.
A candlelight vigil for Lizel Booysen in Barrydale last year.
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  • A Western Cape man has been sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment for murdering a teenager.
  • Lizel Booysen, 13, was found stabbed multiple times in Barrydale in 2020.
  • The man dumped her body in bushes, the court heard.

A Western Cape man has been sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment for murdering a 13-year-old girl.

Petrus September, 34, was sentenced in the Western Cape High Court sitting in Swellendam for the 2020 murder of Lizel Booysen.

According to police spokesperson Captain Malcolm Pojie, September was arrested in July 2020.

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He was found to have persuaded Booysen and a friend to accompany him to the refuse site in Barrydale, where he reportedly hid liquor.

When they reached the site, he ordered the teenage friend to remain behind and disappeared with Booysen.

"Later, the one who remained behind heard a scream from where they disappeared to. She suspected something awful might have happened and ran to alert her family in Smithville," said Pojie.

Police were notified, and a search ensued. When police found September, he revealed that Booysen's body was concealed under debris in a bushy area.

"She had already succumbed to multiple stab wounds that were inflicted all over her body. The accused was subsequently charged with murder," he said.

Western Cape police commissioner Lieutenant General Thembisile Patekile welcomed the sentence.

"This harsh sentence should act as a deterrent to other potential criminals to rather obey the laws of our country in being citizens of exemplary stature. This conviction also enhances and demonstrates the trust that the public has in our judicial system," said Patekile.

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