Life behind bars for mom and stepdad that murdered Poppie van der Merwe

Life behind bars for mom and stepdad that murdered Poppie van der Merwe

Poppie's van der Merwe's murder shocked the country and now her murderers have been sentenced to life behind bars - a sentence that those close to the case feel is only right.

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Poppie's biological mother and her stepfather have been given life in prison sentences after they were found guilty of the three-year old's murder.

The little girl had died after sustaining severe injuries to the head, but her abuse had been a systematic thing, and she was often seen with bruises or limping.

An additional sentence of 10 years was given to Kobus and Louisa for the abuse of Poppie's brother and stepsister.

According to Judge Bert Bam, anyone who abuses children should be removed from society. Judge Bam feels that Kobus and Louisa Koekemoer were "inherently evil" given the fact that they have abused the little girl for at least eight months before her death.

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The accused were not seen as showing any remorse for the murder of the girl and in fact only expressed regret that they were caught and found guilty. Kobus Koekemoer showed some slight regret but it was disproportionate to the acts he committed.

Judge Bam also added that the Koekemoer's had a duty to the children - they were supposed to protect them from harm, but instead simply blamed each other for abusing the children.

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