Hannah Cornelius' killers to be sentenced

Hannah Cornelius

Sentencing gets underway in the Western Cape High Court for the murderers of student Hannah Cornelius.

Vernon Witbooi and Geraldo Parsons, the two ring-leaders of the crime, were sentenced to 115 years each with two life sentences for the rape and murder of Cornelius.

Life sentences were imposed on the three men found guilty of kidnapping‚ robbing‚ raping‚ and murdering Hannah Cornelius and the attempted murder of Cheslin Marsh.

State advocate Lenro Badenhorst has called for harsh sentences, saying that the community at large needs to be protected from the killers, especially Witbooi and Parsons, who called the shots during the attack. Marsh was robbed, beaten and left for dead while Cornelius was repeatedly raped and later murdered.

Another suspect, known only as "Kaffertjie", is believed to have participated in the rape and murder but was not arrested.

The judge found that none of the accused had shown true remorse.

Allie described that kidnapping, robbery, attempted murder and murder as brutal and callous. The others chose not to testify.

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