Cor­nelius ac­cused mit­i­ga­tion ar­gu­ments

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - METRO - NOR­MAN CLOETE

TH­ESE are the ar­gu­ments in mit­i­ga­tion of sen­tence that the four de­fence ad­vo­cates pre­sented for their clients. Fa­ther of two chil­dren. Chal­leng­ing per­sonal cir­cum­stances. Un­em­ployed at the time of the mur­der. Un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs. Fa­ther of three chil­dren. His fa­ther died in 2013. Only com­pleted Grade 9. Gang­ster­ism forced him to leave school.

He has “owned” up to the crime. The in­take of drugs played a role in the crimes.

Sen­tences must run con­cur­rently. Was in prison un­til April 2015 for petty crime. Cur­rently serv­ing a sen­tence for armed rob­bery which will end on Novem­ber 25. Stopped school in Grade 5 – lim­ited ed­u­ca­tion.

Chal­leng­ing per­sonal cir­cum­stances.

Drugs were used at the time of the crimes.

There was no pre­med­i­ta­tion to com­mit mur­der. Fa­ther con­sumed al­co­hol. He stut­ters. Grew up qui­etly. Com­pleted Grade 11. Made friends with the “wrong crowd” at school.

Chal­leng­ing per­sonal cir­cum­stances.

Con­sumed drugs on the night of the crimes.

Con­fessed to rob­bing Ch­es­lin Marsh.

Did not harm Marsh.

First-time of­fender for rob­bery. Suit­able char­ac­ter for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

Did not ac­tively par­tic­i­pate in the mur­der and rape.

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