By Dianne Hawker
The Cape High Court has dismissed an appeal brought by one of three men found guilty of kidnapping and brutally murdering a homosexual Elsies River hairdresser.
Isaac Jonathan, Johannes Haas, and Terence Gentle were sentenced in July 2002 to 25 years for the murder of Ivan Johannes. They were also given a three-year sentence for kidnapping, to run concurrently with the 25-year sentence. Two other suspects initially charged were acquitted.
Jonathan appealed on the grounds that the sentence was "shockingly inappropriate".
During the trial the court heard that in June 2001 Johannes was taken to a derelict building in Elsies River after meeting the five men at a shebeen. Inside the building, he was kicked, beaten and eventually stoned with large concrete blocks. The court heard he was alive when he was set alight.