Lawyers plead for lenient sentences

Lawyers defending five men who were convicted of killing an off-duty traffic official have plead for...

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Lawyers defending five men who were convicted of killing an off-duty traffic official have plead for lenient sentences in the <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><place w:st="on"><placetype w:st="on">Cape<placename w:st="on">High court.

Kuilsriver traffic official Denver Langeveldt was stabbed and beaten then left to die in an open field in January 2006.

The lawyer defending murder-accused Llewellyn March insisted that her client did not deserve a harsh life sentence as he was not directly involved in 32-year-old’s death.

The defense advocate stated that despite having a drug habit, March was merely a bystander.

A number of Langeveldt’s colleagues and his widow attended Friday’s proceedings.