Steenkamp gran: He doesn’t know what he did

Kimberley - The sentencing of the 17-year-old Griekwastad rapist and murderer brought tears of relief as well as grief to the family affected on Wednesday.

The boy was found guilty of murdering Deon Steenkamp, 44, Christel, 43, as well as raping and murdering 14-year-old Marthella Steenkamp. He was also sentenced for defeating the ends of justice because he lied to police.

He got 20 years for each murder, 12 years for the rape and four years for lying to police.

Deon Steenkamp’s mother, Bettie, 88, told the Diamond Fields Advertiser that it was right for the boy to spend the next 20 years in jail but even so, she would always love him.

She said she also didn’t think that he understood that what he did was wrong.

Another member of the family said they were relieved that the case is finally over and that while they commended the judge for showing leniency, the sentence could have been harsher.

The family commended the investigation team for doing an “excellent job”.

The author of a book about the murders said he believed the local community was relieved about the case coming to a close as it had caused a huge rift in Griekwastad.

Many people in the community could not believe that the boy could have murdered the Steenkamps, he told EWN.

- News24
Feik Mc Heither 2014-08-14 09:15:22 AM
The Steenkamps should slaughter a goat or two, clearly the ancestors are not settled with something.
Made-In SA 2014-08-14 09:17:54 AM
He knew what he did,but he does not show it,because he is a pshycopath.
Eugene Fourie 2014-08-14 09:18:36 AM
Think Aunt Bettie maybe suffering from some form of old age delusion...
Bobbe Aap 2014-08-14 09:21:09 AM
What I find rather shocking is the boy's supporters.
Tlale Wa Thokwa 2014-08-14 09:21:38 AM
That boy is an evil psychopath. He knew exactly what he was doing!
Johan Jordaan 2014-08-14 09:24:10 AM
So much more reason to remove him from society
Akhenaten 2014-08-14 09:24:30 AM
If he is normal, he will understand in time. If not, he should not be let out of custody.
Sarel Von Ploes 2014-08-14 09:36:58 AM
Well he'll find out soon enough...
SunshinyDay 2014-08-14 09:41:02 AM
Oh please. Sorry Granny, but the death of your family is 100% due to this boy, and at the age he is, he KNOWS what he did was wrong. This poor old woman.
Lou-Ann Fouche 2014-08-14 09:56:27 AM
Rubbish! He knew exactly what he was doing he is a sick young man. Think granny is naive she knows she is too old to carry such hate in her heart so she has forgiven him! Strong lady for doing it, i sure as hell wouldnt be able to.