Why Jesse Hess' father still can't find peace after her cousin is convicted of her murder

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Jesse Hess was murdered in her grandfather's flat by her cousin. (PHOTO: Facebook/ Jesse Hess)
Jesse Hess was murdered in her grandfather's flat by her cousin. (PHOTO: Facebook/ Jesse Hess)

His home is as neat as a pin. The kitchen counters are spick and span, there’s not a dirty dish in sight and a spicy scent wafts through the flat as incense burns in the bedroom. Ever since he lost his daughter, Lance Hess cleans his home obsessively.

“It helps me deal with things. If I sit still, my mind runs wild but when I’m busy, it helps me think clearly,” he says.

His daughter, Jesse Hess, was murdered in the flat she shared with her maternal grandfather, Chris Lategan (85) in Parow, Cape Town, in August 2019. The 18-year-old University of the Western Cape student was raped and killed and her granddad also lost his life in a crime that made national headlines.

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