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State wants harsh sentence for Stacha Arendse’s killer

The State is hoping a harsh sentence for 11-year-old Stacha Arendse’s killer will deter others.

Supporters of Stacha Arendse’s family are seen outside the Western Cape High Court after Randy Tango was found guilty of the 11-year-old girl’s murder. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The State is hoping a harsh sentence for 11-year-old Stacha Arendse’s killer will deter others.

Randy Tango was on Wednesday convicted of rape and murder after he pleaded guilty earlier this week.

The 32-year-old, who lived in the same street as the deceased and her family, killed the girl and dumped her body on a field in Tafelsig in March 2017.

Tango will be sentenced on 11 December.

Stacha Arendse’s parents were too emotional to speak outside court, but there were many vocal supporters of the family.

“What made people angry is that his lawyer humanised this rapist. He should be held accountable and we shouldn’t be hearing sob stories.”

State prosecutor Marèse Engelbrecht read a letter in court from Arendse’s mother, Sandy Markgraff, giving a glimpse into the family’s pain.

Markgraff wrote: “As a family, we will never be the same again. Whatever happiness we have, we give to Stacha’s brother...”

Engelbrecht told the court Tango should be given the minimum of a life sentence.

She said her Cape Town office has dealt with 56 child murder cases this year, and that harsher sentences in matters like these could serve as a deterrent to others.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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