Racist killer pleads guilty

Finweek English Edition - - Letters -

WHAT HAP­PENED

JO­HAN NEL, who shot dead four black peo­ple – in­clud­ing a four-year-old – pleaded guilty to mur­der charges in the Mma­batho High Court. Pros­e­cu­tor Sello Maema wants the court to mete out a life sen­tence to the 19-year-old. Nel was in­fa­mously dubbed the Skier­lik shooter. THE CI­TI­ZEN, quot­ing crim­i­nol­o­gist Irma Labuschagne, said a jail sen­tence would be most ap­pro­pri­ate for Nel as he had proved to Labuschagne that he could be re­ha­bil­i­tated. The Times, quot­ing Maema, dis­missed the as­ser­tion his fam­ily could have af­fected Nel’s men­tal state, say­ing chil­dren from far more dys­func­tional homes wouldn’t have com­mited such a crime.

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