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Man says he didn't mean to kill cop, apologises to widow

A man found guilty of the murder of Hawks official Petrus Holz apologised to his widow yesterday.

FILE: Warrant Officer Holz's family in court. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A man found guilty of the murder of Hawks official Petrus Holz has apologised to his widow for taking his life.

Adrian Hendricks appeared in the Western Cape High Court yesterday where he was found guilty of five charges, including murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Holz was ambushed, robbed and stabbed to death along the N2 highway near Macassar in July last year.

After the judgment was handed down, Hendricks took to the witness stand to give evidence in mitigation of sentence.

Hendricks says he didn't mean to stab Holz to death, adding he only wanted to frighten him.

The 21-year-old told the court he maintained his innocence throughout the trial because he thought he would be able to get away with crime.

Hendricks was also found guilty of attempted robbery with aggravating circumstances in connection with a separate attack on a motorist, also on the N2, just days before Holz's murder.