Valencia Farmer's killer sentenced to 23 years behind bars

Elmario Maasdorp has pleaded guilty to raping and stabbing 14-year-old Farmer in 1999.

Elmario Maasdorp on Tuesday 2 February pleads guilty to the 1999 murder of Valencia Farmer in Eerste River. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A fourth man accused of gang raping and murdering Valencia Farmer in Eerste River in 1999, has been sentenced to 23 years in prison.

Elmario Maasdorp appeared in the Blue Downs Regional Court today where he entered into a plea agreement with the State.

He was arrested last year after new evidence emerged linking him to the attack in which the 14-year-old was gang raped, stabbed more than 50 times and had her throat slit.

Three others are already serving lengthy prison sentences for their roles in the attack.

Courtroom three was packed to capacity as Eerste River residents showed their support for Farmer's mother.

The courtroom was silent as Maasdorp was taken to the holding cells after hearing his sentence.

Maasdorp has been handed 23 year sentences for rape and murder.

The sentences will run concurrently.

In his plea agreement, he admitted to intending to sexually assault the teenager and stabbing her with a knife several times.

An Eerste River based organisation assisting abused women and children believes the 23-year jail term is acceptable.

Community Women Action's Violet Mnyemba said, "Because of the remorse, I would say 23 years can be [acceptable] and I hope that he will change. If God can forgive, who am I or who are we not to forgive?"