- The two men convicted of killing Afrikaans author Winnie Rust have been sentenced to life in prison
- Johannes and Nigel Plaatjies were convicted in December of robbing and killing Rust in her home
- The men received an additional 15-years each for robbery
The two men who were convicted of robbing and murdering Afrikaans author Winnie Rust have both received life sentences. The men were sentenced by the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday.
Johannes and Nigel Plaatjies were convicted of the crime in December 2017. The court found that the men had robbed and killed Rust in her home in Wellington on 11 May 2016.
Both men received an additional 15-years for the robbery. Nigel admitted that he and his uncle, Johannes, had planned the robbery, but claimed the murder was never part of the plan.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Nigel was a regular visitor to Rust’s home, she had helped him with homework while he was at school and even hired tutors to help him when the need arose.
It also emerged that Rust had paid for large parts of Nigel’s school fees and sports equipment.
Nigel said his uncle Johannes hatched a plan to rob Rust. Johannes needed money to pay off a drug debt. Johannes refuted the claims and insisted his only part of the crime was shopping with the dead woman’s bank card.
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