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Griekwastad killer to be sentenced

2014-08-13 06:00

Kimberley - Sentencing of the 17-year-old boy found guilty of killing the Steenkamp family on their farm near Griekwastad is expected in the Northern Cape High Court on Wednesday.

On 27 March, the court found the boy guilty of the murders of Griekwastad farmer Deon Steenkamp, aged 44, his wife Christel, aged 43, and their daughter Marthella, aged 14.

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

The boy was also found guilty on a charge of rape of the girl and lying to the police.

During the last proceedings in June, Northern Cape Judge President Frans Kgomo listened to final arguments by the State and the defence.

Prosecutor Hannes Cloete submitted the boy's ability to manipulate others was his danger to society.

Cloete urged the court to look at the crimes in earnest and the injuries caused to the victims and others.

The State further urged the court to look at the merits of the case.

The boy's legal counsel Riaan Bode asked the court to consider the boy's young age.

Bode submitted that every child was unique and the boy could still make a positive contribution to society.

He asked that Kgomo also consider running the sentences concurrently.

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