Jasmin Pretorius's killer gets two life sentences
Sarel du Toit has been handed a double life sentence for the rape & murder of the four-year-old.
JOHANNESBURG - Sarel du Toit has been handed a double life sentence for the rape and murder of four-year-old Jasmin Pretorius.
Du Toit confessed to strangling and raping his niece and hiding her body under his bed at the child's father's Brakpan apartment in December 2013.
The two life sentences will run concurrently.
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The High Court in Pretoria this week heard that du Toit told a social worker earlier this year that he had not raped his niece, but only played with her.
But despite this, he pleaded guilty to a rape and murder charge this week.
Pretorius's mother Sasha-Lee Bam said, "Sarel denying it, he has a conscience to live with. He's got to live everyday with what he did to her and I hope that he gets what he deserves."
WATCH: Jasmin Pretorius's uncle Sarel du Toit will be sentenced for her rape and murder on Friday following his guilty plea on Monday. Jasmin's mother Sasha-Lee Bam wants the maximum sentence.
Conflicting arguments were also heard this week whether du Toit showed any remorse.
Defence lawyer, Advocate Francois du Plessis, said 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, argued that du Toit showed no remorse and even sat on the bed where he hid her little body while police searched the room.
Bam agreed with the prosecution.
She said, "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 said there's a difference between being remorseful and regretting one's actions.