ET defence lawyer makes final plea

Chris Mahlangu, convicted of the murder of AWB leader Eugene Terre'Blanche, is seen during sentencing proceedings in the High Court sitting in Ventersdorp on Monday, 20 August 2012. Picture: Riaan Roux/SAPA.

VENTERSDORP - A defence lawyer in the Eugene Terre’Blanche murder trial has made a final attempt to convince the court that convicted killer Chris Mahlangu should not be imprisoned for life.

The Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) leader was killed on his farm on the outskirts of Ventersdorp back in April 2010.

Another farmworker, 18-year-old Patrick Ndlovu, was found guilty of breaking into Terre'Blanche's home.

Mahlangu’s lawyer Kgomotso Tlouane used his closing argument to try and convince Judge John Horn that his client should not face a life sentence.

He told the court that his client had been drinking heavily before he committed the crime and cooperated with police once he handed himself over.

Tlouane said Mahlangu had also apologised in court for the crime.

The defence lawyer asked the judge to consider the fact that his client is HIV-positive.

According to a report submitted to court by a clinical psychologist, Mahlangu said Terre’Blanche raped him on several occasions and that the AWB leader may have infected him with the virus.

But Mahlangu’s sodomy claim was dismissed by Horn earlier in the case.

(Edited by Thato Motaung)