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Hawks officer's murderer sentenced to life in jail

Adrian Hendricks stabbed Warrant Officer Petrus Holz to death when he stopped along Cape Town's N2 highway.

FILE: An image of Warrant Officer Petrus Holz. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A man found guilty of killing a Hawks official has been given life behind bars.

Adrian Hendricks was sentenced in the Western Cape High Court this morning.

He attacked and stabbed to death Warrant Officer Petrus Holz along the N2 highway in Cape Town last year.

Holz had stopped to change to two flat tyres when he was attacked and robbed.

The warrant officer's wife was emotional when Judge Robert Henney handed down the sentence.

Family members of the convicted murderer were also in court and say they're upset over the harsh sentence.

The man has been given an additional 15 years for robbery with aggravating circumstances.

On two separate charges of malicious damage to property, the court sentenced the 22-year-old to five years each.

On another count of attempted robbery, he received 10 years.

The sentences will run concurrently.