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Ceres man guilty of murder in apparent hate crime

Christo Oncke heard his fate in the Ceres Circuit Court on Thursday.

Gavel. Picture: Saps
homophobia,Hate crimes,Christo Oncke
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CAPE TOWN - A Ceres man has been found guilty of murder in an apparent hate crime.

Christo Oncke heard his fate in the Ceres Circuit Court yesterday.

The deadly attack on Dawid Olyne took place in March 2014.

The court has postponed sentencing to late next month, to allow Oncke to undergo a psychological assessment.

Olyne’s charred body was found near a dam in March 2014 with his hands and feet bound.

Meanwhile, a Wolseley teenager is due to appear in court today for the murder of a transgender man.

Michael Titus, who went by the name ‘Phoebe’ was stabbed to death, allegedly by the 15-year-old boy last month.

It's alleged the two had gotten into an argument during which the teen apparently made derogatory remarks about Titus before stabbing him.

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)

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