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Kimberley - The Northern Cape High Court sentenced Johan Jacobs, 25, to 22 years’ imprisonment for killing his brother and cousin a few days before Christmas last year.
Judge Violet Phatsoane said on Friday that the accused should have retreated after callously killing his own brother Denzil Jacobs, 20, on Witfontein farm near Delportshoop on December 22 2012.
The accused pulled a knife out of his pants pocket and stabbed Denzil repeatedly in the chest following an argument over food.
He then proceeded to stab his cousin, 18-year-old Maans Jacobs, three times with the same knife also in the chest, after he asked why he had stabbed Denzil.
The accused was also sentenced for assaulting another relative, Tshepiso Selogilwe, later that same evening.
Phatsoane said that the two deceased family members never provoked the accused.
“They were unarmed and posed no threat to the accused, who was intent on killing and nothing would stop him. Both victims contributed financially towards their families and assisted with the domestic chores. They were very young and had their whole lives ahead of them. The family is still unable to come to terms with this tragic loss.
“The accused destroyed the festive mood amongst family members. At a time when they should have been celebrating Christmas, their lives were turned upside down and the family instead had to bury their two loved ones,” Phatsoane said.
“The accused killed, killed again and threatened to kill Selogilwe, who was lucky enough to escape. Judging from the manner in which he killed the deceased and pursued Selogilwe, it shows that the accused is a violent and dangerous person.”
She indicated that the accused, who was older than the deceased, should have acted as a role model.
“Alcohol was consumed that evening but the accused was still in control of his senses and lacked remorse. He lied throughout the trial and his argument of self-defence did not hold much weight.”
Phatsoane added Johan was not a good candidate for rehabilitation because he had previous convictions involving violence.
State advocate, Tania Birch from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions, appeared on behalf of the State and Dries van Tonder from Legal Aid South Africa was the legal representative for the accused.
Northern Cape Acting Commissioner of Police, Major General Maropeng Mamothethi, welcomed the sentence and commended the investigating officer, Warrant Officer Masego Nick Mocwane, for his role in securing the jail term.
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