'Jasmin Pretorius's uncle showed no remorse'

Conflicting arguments were heard in the High Court in Pretoria about whether Sarel du Toit showed remorse.

Sarel du Toit who is accused of raping and murdering Jasmin Pretorius. Picture: Mia Lindeque.

PRETORIA - Conflicting arguments have been heard in the High Court in Pretoria about whether the man convicted of raping and murdering four-year-old Jasmin Pretorius showed any remorse.

Sarel du Toit has confessed to strangling his niece and hiding her body under his bed in a Brakpan flat in December 2013.

Defence lawyer, Advocate Francois du Plessis, says his client showed remorse when he wrote a letter to his mother from prison, a day after being arrested.

On the other hand, state prosecutor advocate Annalie Coetzee, has argued that du Toit showed no remorse and even sat on the bed where he hid her little body while police searched the room.

Her mother Sasha Lee Bam agrees with the prosecution.

"We searched the whole day, with the public, with everybody; and every time he was asked, he denied it. I, myself, even asked him where she was and he said he didn't know."

Judge Mohamed Ismail says there is a difference between being remorseful and regretting one's actions.

DU TOIT'S INTELLECTUAL CAPACITY

At the same time, Judge Ismail said the fact that he wasn't not intellectually on par with peers of his age would likely count in his favour when he is sentenced for raping and killing his four-year-old niece.

The High Court in Pretoria heard that four-year-old Jasmine suffered immensely, while being raped by her 25-year-old uncle.

A pathologist compared her pain to that of an adult woman who had just given birth, making it one of the worst post-mortems a doctor has ever worked on.

Her parents will have to wait until Friday to hear how long du Toit will spend behind bars for raping and killing their daughter two years ago.

Mitigation and aggravation of sentence focused heavily on du Toit's intellectual capacity.

Judge Ismail referred to a social workers report, which found du Toit fit to stand trial but compared his intellect to that of a child.