Teen sentenced for Griquatown murders

Copy of DF steenk 0406 C DFA The 17-year-old Griquatown killer coming up from the holding cells in the Kimberley High Court. File picture: Danie Van der Lith

Kimberley - A 17-year-old boy has been sentenced to 20 years each for the three murders he committed on a farm near Griquatown in the Northern Cape.

Northern Cape Judge President Frans Kgomo also handed down 12 years for rape and four years for defeating the ends of justice.  All sentences would run concurrently.

“DD (has) shown no remorse,” said Kgomo in referring to the boy.

“I am satisfied that he was not influence by anybody else in committing the crimes.”

Kgomo said the boy had even falsely implicated others in his explanation of possible reasons for what happened on the Steenkamp farm on the night of the murders.

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

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

The boy was also found guilty of raping the girl and lying to the police. - Sapa and IOL



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