Be a man, judge tells Griekwastad teen

Kimberley - Northern Cape Judge President Frans Kgomo on Wednesday urged the young Griekwastad farm murderer to act like a man and face the consequences of his deeds.

"In two days you are a man. Now, be a man," Kgomo told the 17-year-old boy before sentencing him to an effective 20 years in prison.

The boy, who turns 18 on Friday, was sentenced for the murders of Griekwastad farmer Deon Steenkamp, 44, his wife Christel, 43, and their daughter Marthella, 14.

They were shot dead on their farm Naauwhoek on 6 April 2012.

The boy was also convicted for raping the girl and lying to the police.

Kgomo sentenced the boy to 20 years imprisonment on each of the three murder counts, 12 years on the rape count, and four years for defeating the ends of justice.

The sentences would run concurrently.

Kgomo said that although the State asked for the maximum penalty he was prepared to give a remission on sentence.

The reason for this was the boy was a first offender and had a chance to be rehabilitated.

The court agreed with evidence that the boy's continued claim of innocence during the trial was worrying.

Kgomo agreed with evidence that the boy needed intensive therapy during imprisonment.

This would include programmes in relation to eventually showing grief.

The court found the boy was not influenced as a minor by anybody else in committing the crimes.

On Wednesday, almost all the police officials, local and national, who worked on the case were present in court.

The group, as well as family of the victims, formed a column of people stretching from the desk behind prosecutor Hannes Cloete to the back of the courtroom.

On the other side of the courtroom a much smaller group of the boy's family, his guardian and family, and representatives of the National Institute for Crime Prevention and the Reintegration of Offenders were sitting.

Goeie Donner 2014-08-13 03:48:36 PM
This guy will never be rehabilitated. They should just lock him up and throw away the key. Lock him up for eternity.
Tian Reyneke 2014-08-13 03:52:46 PM
Hang him
Humbulani Mudzanani 2014-08-13 03:55:14 PM
it's tough being a man,boy!
Paul Vincent 2014-08-13 03:57:33 PM
20 years. What a joke. 3 murders, rape, and of a child no less, with no remorse. And this 'judge' wants to rehabilitate the animal. After 20 years in jail he will be even more soulless. Put him down. Now.
Nin Ja Kitty 2014-08-13 04:01:52 PM
Someone who murderers or rapes can never be a man.
Hemlock 2014-08-13 04:05:29 PM
Exterminate this low life!
Rocky Bell 2014-08-13 04:15:35 PM
Does anyone know what will happen to his father's assets worth in excess of R20 million?
Fikile Wolela 2014-08-13 04:20:08 PM
Hopefully he'll die in prison...
Selby Sello Rasoesoe 2014-08-13 04:27:47 PM
This kid is a devil and shoul be permanently removed from society. The sentence could translate to five years in jail.
Derrick Lopez 2014-08-13 04:30:26 PM
i think he have really disapointed his fam and frds sorry dude..!