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No plea bargain for killer cop

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The victim’s mother feared that allowing her daughter’s killer to get away with a reduced sentence on a lesser charge could send the wrong message about gender-based violence.


13 Aug 2020
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No plea bargain for killer cop

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A murder accused’s attempt to secure a plea deal on a lesser charge failed on Thursday, and restored a tiny bit of faith in the justice system for the mother of his victim. Gerschwyn Clint Siweni is standing trial for two counts of murder after shooting his girlfriend Claudia Bergover, 22, and a Taxify driver in Edenpark, Johannesburg in May last year. Siweni is a former police officer. On Thursday Bergover’s mother sat in the dock at the Johannesburg High Court, and recalled witnessing her daughter’s killer threaten her life on an earlier occasion. “In 2017, he had said to...

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