Brits and Mhlambi sentenced on Thursday

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Owen Kock

Bloemfontein. – Martin Brits and Elliot Mhlambi, responsible for the murders of Brits’s father, dominee Willem and his future son-in-law, Gerhard Vermeulen, will be sentenced in the Harrismith High Court on Thursday.

They also stand accused of the attempted murder of Brits’s mother Dorothea, while Mhlambi is also charged with the illegal possession of a firearm and unlicensed ammunition. According to Brits’s lawyer, Dawie Reynecke, his client today broke down in tears as he apologised to his mother, the mother of Vermeulen, and the community, for the atrocities committed, while Mhlambi said he had acted under the instruction of Brits.

Reynecke said he would ask for an effective sentence of between 25 and 35 years, while Mhlambi’s lawyer Oupa Magene did not indicate his intension. The state asked that the murderers be sentenced to the minimum of 25 years for the murders, 15 years for attempted murder and five and three years respectively for the firearm and ammunition charges.