Closing arguments in Griekwastad murders

A teenager is standing trial for the 2012 murder of a family on their farm near Griekwastad. Picture: RSC Inc.
CAPE TOWN – Closing arguments in the trial of a Northern Cape youth accused of killing three members of the same family have started.

The 17-year-old is standing trial for the 2012 murder of 44-year-old Deon Steenkamp, his wife Christel and their 14-year-old daughter Marthella on their Griekwastad farm.

The teenager’s defence lawyer will try to convince the court of his client’s innocence. 

His legal counsel has today argued witnesses were not fully convinced Steenkamp’s daughter was also raped.

The validity of the police’s forensic evidence pointing to a sexual assault has also been brought into question by the defence. 

The accused has denied all the charges against him. 

The state previously said his evidence had been unreliable.

In his testimony late last year the 17-year-old appeared to contradict himself. 

He also testified he was left shocked by the triple murder.  

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)