Jailed 12 years for killing man who touched his but­tocks

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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

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