Heavy sen­tence for mur­der spree

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THE Jo­han­nes­burg High Court yes­ter­day sen­tenced a man to 25 years be­hind bars for a four-year killing spree he went on with his mother.

Both the man and his mother were con­victed of 11 mur­ders, rob­bery and rack­e­teer­ing. The mother was sen­tenced to a to­tal of 115 years be­hind bars.

Le Roux Steyn, 22, his mother Marinda, 51, and his sis­ter Mar­cel, 20, be­gan their killing spree in 2012 in Krugers­dorp and it lasted un­til 2016. They also com­mit­ted crimes re­lated to fraud, theft and in­tim­i­da­tion. In to­tal the trio mur­dered 11 peo­ple.

Steyn was sen­tenced to an ef­fec­tive 25 years be­hind bars af­ter en­ter­ing into a plea agree­ment with the State.

Dur­ing pro­ceed­ings, State pros­e­cu­tor Ger­rit Roberts read out the plea agree­ment to the court be­fore Judge Ratha Mok­goatl­heng con­firmed with Steyn that he agreed and un­der­stood its con­tents.

Mo­ments later, Steyn’s mother, Marinda, was also sen­tenced af­ter en­ter­ing a plea agree­ment with the State. She was sen­tenced to 11 life sen­tences and 115 years’ im­pris­on­ment, which will run con­cur­rently, and told Judge Colin La­mont that she ad­mit­ted to all the crimes.

Judge La­mont asked her whether she felt the sen­tences were ap­pro­pri­ate.

“One has choices and one has to bear the con­se­quences,” Steyn re­sponded.

Tele­vi­sion pro­gramme Carte Blanche al­leged that the group was pre­vi­ously part of a satanic cult be­fore they joined a Chris­tian group in an at­tempt to change their lives.

Af­ter Ce­cilia Steyn, a co-ac­cused, had a fall out with the Chris­tian group leader, the mur­ders be­gan.

Ce­cilia Steyn, 37, Mar­cel Steyn, 20, and Zak Valen­tine, 33, who al­legedly com­mit­ted the crimes with the Steyn fam­ily, have not en­tered into plea agree­ments and will still go on trial. Their next court ap­pear­ance is on Oc­to­ber 8. – African News Agency (ANA)

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