Judge Derek Wille told Groenewald he should get his affairs in order before August 29 when he will hand down sentencing for the murder of Hilary van Rooyen in 2017.
The 25-year-old was convicted in May on charges of murder and theft. The deceased’s body was found in a pool of blood at her Durbanville home on May 9, 2017. In his not-guilty plea, he said he had struck her with the closest thing he could find - a vase - after she had made “sexual advances” towards him. She had allegedly also threatened that she would tell friends and family that he tried to assault and rape her.
Van Rooyen’s husband, Derek, told the court he felt angry and hated the accused with every fibre of his being and would never be able to forgive him.
“Identifying my wife’s body and seeing her damaged face in the mortuary has been one of the horrific pictures I’ve ever experienced”.