Jasmin Pretorius's family hail justice system

Jasmin’s mother, Sasha-Lee Bam, says she can finally start her healing process.

Jasmine Pretorius' mother Sasha-Lee Bam outside the Pretoria High Court. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The family of four-year-old Jasmin Pretorius say they have renewed trust in the justice system.

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

The High Court in Pretoria has heard that the little girl was in severe pain before she died, similar to that of an adult woman giving birth.

Jasmin's mother, Sasha-Lee Bam, says now that she knows her daughter's killer will be locked away she can start with the healing process.

"I don't have many questions for him; I would just like to go see him to ask why. There are many questions I'll never have the answer to but at least I would have tried."

Jasmin's grandfather, Collin Bam, says he never imagined du Toit would receive such a sentence.

"I've got hope in the justice system again and I can tell you now that the magistrate did his homework."

In handing down sentence, Judge Mohamed Ismail said the rape of jasmine was one of the worst cases he had ever presided over.