Jailed 12 years for killing man who touched his buttocks
A WESTERN CAPE man was jailed for 12 years on Friday for stabbing to death a man who touched his buttocks and humiliated him in the presence of women.
“What you did was barbaric. Humans are not supposed to behave like this,” Bellville Regional Court magistrate Amrith Chabillal said as he sentenced Wayne de Beer, 24.
De Beer waved defiantly to the magistrate as police officials led him from the dock.
Chabillal heard that at a street vegetable stall, in the late afternoon of March 13 this year, De Beer lunged with a knife at Rockwell Sauls, 23, and stabbed him once in the heart.
Chabillal told De Beer: “At the young age of 23, Sauls’s life was snuffed out, due to your one moment of madness.”
De Beer had been chatting to a group of women at the stall when Sauls walked past with his girlfriend, Vernalisa Imondal.
According to Imondal, Sauls touched De Beer’s buttocks, and made sexually suggestive remarks to De Beer.
Chabillal said a humiliated De Beer confronted Sauls, fetched a knife from the veg- etable stall and stabbed Sauls.
The magistrate agreed with defence attor ney Alethia Stevens that the provocation suffered by her client entitled the court to impose a less severe sentence than 15 years.
But he also agreed with prosecutor Derrik Vogel that De Beer had no respect for the law, and had been in the employ of a drug lord at the time of the murder. – Sapa