Two life sen­tences for ‘cruel’ Kana

Anene’s killer-rapist ‘bar­baric’, says judge

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - JAN CRONJE

JO­HANNES Kana showed no re­morse for the mur­der and rape of Bredas­dorp teen Anene Booy­sen, Judge Pa­tri­cia Go­liath told the Swellen­dam Cir­cuit Court yes­ter­day in hand­ing down a sen­tence of two con­cur­rent life terms.

“You show no re­morse for th­ese ac­tions,” she told him be­fore a packed court­room. “In­stead, you went ahead and tried to hide your com­plic­ity in the mur­der­ous at­tack on Anene.”

Kana re­ceived sep­a­rate life sen­tences for Anene’s mur­der and the rape.

On Tues­day, the 22-year-old was found guilty of the Bredas­dorp teen’s mur­der and rape. She was 17 at the time.

Judge Go­liath said there were no “sub­stan­tial and com­pelling” rea­sons to give a lesser sen­tence. “The ex­tremely un­feel­ing and bar­baric man­ner in which you attacked the de­ceased, the lack of re­morse, and your cal­cu­lated lies to try and hide your com­plic­ity, com­pletely out­weigh, in the court’s view, any mit­i­gat­ing cir­cum­stances.”

In a con­fes­sion, Kana had ad­mit­ted to as­sault­ing and rap­ing Anene at a Bredas­dorp con­struc­tion site, but said when he left her she was still alive.

She died in Tyger­berg Hos­pi­tal as a re­sult of her in­juries on Fe­bru­ary 2.

Judge Go­liath yes­ter­day re­peat­edly de­scribed Kana’s ac­tions as “cruel” and “bar­baric”.

“The cruel man­ner in which the rape took place was the di­rect cause of her death,” she said. “The doc­tors that treated her agreed… ( her) in­juries were some of the worst they had ever wit­nessed.”

Judge Go­liath asked how Kana could have left Anene alone af­ter rap­ing her, say­ing it was an act that showed a lack of feel­ing.

Kana ap­peared emo­tion­less when he heard the sen­tence.

He quickly left the court af­ter­wards, es­corted by po­lice.

Anene’s fos­ter mother Cor­lia Olivier did not want to ad­dress the me­dia af­ter sen­tenc­ing, but could be heard say­ing “I am relieved” to a lawyer.

Out­side the court, Kana’s un­cle, also called Jo­hannes Kana, said the fam­ily would launch an ap­peal, adding they would not use lawyer Pi­eter du Toit, who had been rep­re­sent­ing Kana, and were in the process of find­ing a new lawyer.

“We be­lieve an ap­peal court will show he is in­no­cent. The foren­sic tests clearly show it wasn’t him,” he said.

Kana’s aunt, Mina Sarels, said she was shocked at the sever­ity of the sen­tence.

She added she would help look af­ter Kana’s five-mon­thold baby.

“He knows, and he knows we know, that he is not guilty.”

Fol­low­ing the verdict, Western Cape Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Au­thor­ity spokesman Eric Ntabazalila said jus­tice had been done, and that the stiff sen­tence would act as a de­ter­rent.

“As the NPA we wel­come the sen­tence, as we have asked the court to im­pose two life terms,” he said.

“We think that the sen­tence handed down to­day is a vic­tory for all vic­tims of sex­ual vi­o­lence around the coun­try.”

jan.cronje@inl.co.za

AT LAST: Cor­lia Olivier, Anene Booy­sen’s fos­ter mother, ar­rives at court. ‘I am relieved’, she told a lawyer af­ter the sen­tence was handed down.

UN­HAPPY: Kana’s un­cle, also named Jo­hannes Kana, main­tains his nephew is in­no­cent. He says the Kana fam­ily will ap­peal against the verdict and the sen­tence.

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