Griekwastad teen sentenced

Kimberley - The 17-year-old boy who was found guilty of killing the Steenkamp family on their farm in Griekwastad in 2012 has been sentenced to an effective 20 years in prison.

Northern Cape Judge President Frans Kgomo handed down sentence in the Northern Cape High Court on Wednesday.

According to Sapa, the boy was found guilty on 27 March of killing farmer Deon Steenkamp, 44, his wife Christel, 43, and their daughter Marthella, 14. He was also found guilty of raping the girl and lying to the police.

The teen was sentenced to 20 years for each murder, 12 years for rape, and four years for defeating the ends of justice. The sentences will run concurrently, meaning he will spend an effective 20 years in prison.

Earlier, Kgomo said the teen was not influenced by anybody else when committing the murders, and had shown no remorse, even falsely implicating others in the crime.

Vo Lunteer 2014/08/13 12:14:53 PM
born evil
Ria Cook 2014/08/13 12:18:05 PM
Far too lenient!
Dolores Potgieter 2014/08/13 12:19:26 PM
Let's see how arrogant he will be in jail. Obviously off to a juvenile jail until Friday when he turns 18 then to the real deal. No sympathy for him whatsoever. Has to sit 20 solid years before he comes in contention for parole and that is only IF he accepts responsibility. Sure the big boys who are waiting for him will tame him a bit
Beverley Du Preez 2014/08/13 12:33:03 PM
Maybe I can't add ... But in the last paragraph, if one adds correctly, does this not mean 74 years if served concurrently?
Mel de Wit 2014/08/13 12:36:07 PM
The killings happened in 2012 not 2010. Did you even bother to research it??
Piet Visagie 2014/08/13 12:38:49 PM
Sorry maar hoelank gaan hy sit? 20 jaar of 20 x 3 60 jaar?
Brian Enslin 2014/08/13 12:39:21 PM
Justice has been served!!!! Well done to the Hon. Judge Kgomo! You saw through this psychopaths lies for what they are! This evil boy must be kept behind bars for the rest of his life.
Nadine Stolk 2014/08/13 12:43:14 PM
So, am I right in saying that if you commit one crime, you may as well commit 3 or 4 as the sentences run together so you do not really serve any more time whether you kill 1 or 3 people?
Omnivore 2014/08/13 12:43:59 PM
20 years? Shouldn't be life?
Craig Stolly 2014/08/13 12:44:13 PM
@Susanna, 20 for each = 60 years for the killings, 12 for the rape and 4 for defeating the ends of justice. 76 years total.