Mahikeng - Pieter Doorewaard, one of the two men convicted of killing Matlhomola Mosweu in Coligny, grew up in a Christian family, the North West High Court heard on Thursday.
"My lord, accused one and his next of kin are active members of the Dutch Reformed Church in Coligny, North West, and accused one until the date of his conviction on a regular basis attended the church service and participated in the outreach programmes in which the church are involved, as he used to do whilst he was still a learner at Potchefstroom Gymnasium as confirmed by the principal and educator at the school in the testimony," advocate Cecile Zwiegelaar said.
"Accused one grew up in a warm, loving and caring environment in which Christian values such as respect to others were instilled in them."
Presenting mitigating factors for the purposes of sentencing, Zwiegelaar said the court should consider that Doorewaard was a first time offender.
"The first accused was born on 17 July 1990, at the time of the offence he was 26 years old, he is now 28. He is not only a youthful offender but also a first offender."