Griekwastad murder case postponed

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Sentencing proceedings in the Griekwastad murder case in the Northern Cape High Court in Kimberley have been postponed to next month.

A 17-year-old boy was earlier this year found guilty of the murders of Deon, Christel and Marthella Steenkamp on their farm Nauuwhoek in April 2012.

He was also found guilty of the rape of Marthella and defeating the ends of justice.

Judge Frans Kgomo indicated around lunch time yesterday that he would not allow any more witnesses to be called to the stand yesterday.

State advocate Hannes Cloete at that stage only had a few more questions to pose to the child’s guardian.

After the witness was excused, Kgomo postponed the case, setting it down to continue from June 3-6.

The defence is still expected to call at least two witnesses when the case resumes next month: the guardian mother, and expert criminologist Eon Sonnekus.

It is also believed the State will call its own criminologists to testify.

After a few quick words with supporters, the minor was led back down to the holding cells ahead of his return to the Kimberley prison.

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