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Second cemetery killer found guilty

A Welkom man who dismembered another man was found guilty of murder in the Virginia Circuit Court.

Maartens van der Merwe was convicted in the Virginia Circuit Court for the murder of Michael van Eck.

WELKOM - A Welkom man on Tuesday was found guilty of killing a man in a graveyard and dismembering his body.

Maartens van der Merwe (25) was convicted in the Virginia Circuit Court in the Free State.

His girlfriend, Charne van Heerden, was found guilty in 2011.

Welkom resident Michael van Eck (23) was killed last year.

A judge found that van der Merwe could differentiate between right and wrong at the time of the murder, and he did not suffer from any psychological illness at the time.

Van der Merwe's lawyer entered a guilty plea on all charges.

The accused was convicted of murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances and dismembering the victim's body.

Van der Merwe's co-accused was declared a dangerous criminal and was sentenced to a minimum of 20-years in prison.

Some of van Eck's remains were found in a shallow grave at the Welkom cemetery, while others, including the skin from his face were found in the couple's fridge.