Sizzlers killers get life - nine times over

By Time of article published Mar 16, 2004

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The two men who murdered nine men at the Sizzlers massage parlour massacre have been sentenced to life nine times over by a Cape Town judge on Tuesday.

Adam Roy Woest and Trevor Basil Theys were also sentenced to 20 years for the attempted murder of Quinton Taylor, the only man to survive, and 15 years for robbery.

Judge Nathan Erasmus described the slayings as "callous and brutal".

He said there was a public perception that life imprisonment was effectively imprisonment for a limited time to be decided by the prison authorities.

However, his understanding of life imprisonment was that it was the most severe sentence that could be imposed in order to remove the accused from society for the rest of their lives.

He said his remarks would be placed on their records at the prison where they were being held. - Sapa

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