Victim’s dad warns parents at Andrew Plaatjies’s sentencing

Aug 21st, 2018 Andrew Robertson 1094 Views

CAPE TOWN: “To satisfy your own sexual needs, you used an axe like a coward.”
This is what Western Cape High Court Judge Robert Henney told Andrew Plaatjies as he sentenced him to life for the murder of 13-year-old Rene Tracy Roman and handed him another life sentence for her attempted rape.

Plaatjies, who pleaded guilty to murdering and attempting to rape Roman, didn’t fight the sentence or the amendment to his plea, which initially asked for eight years in prison for attempted rape.
Rene’ Roman’s stepfather, Mervyn Jacobs, comments outside court after sentencing in the presence of Chrissandre Jacobs, her mother, and Maurene de Villiers, her grandmother. Video: Chevon Booysen