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Shamonique Claasen’s killer handed three life sentences

Jerome Amerika was also handed two more life sentences for sexually assaulting the mother of his child last April.

Convicted killer Jerome Amerika sits in the dock in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday 13 December 2016. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A Paarl man has been handed three life sentences for the rape and murder of his ex-girlfriend’s 10-year-old sister.

The girl's body was found under a bed in the house adjacent to her family's wendy house in Groenheuwel in Paarl in February.

Jerome Amerika was also handed two more life sentences for sexually assaulting the mother of his child last April.

Relatives of Shamonique Claasen were emotional as Amerika was slapped with five life sentences in total.

Claasen’s parents say they are relieved this ordeal is finally over.

The sentences will run concurrently.