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Valencia Farmer's mom: Attacker's parole decision opened old wounds

Sylvia Farmer says she does not believe any of her daughter’s attackers should be released on parole.

FILE: Sylvia Farmer being supported by several Eerste River residents at the Blue Downs Court. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN

CAPE TOWN – The mother of Valencia Farmer, who was gang raped and murdered in Eerste River in 1999, says the release of one of her child’s attackers has opened old wounds.

Russel van Wyk will be released on parole from the Drakenstein Correctional Facility in Paarl on Tuesday.

The 14-year-old Farmer was stabbed more than 50 times in a derelict house near her home and later died in hospital, after telling police who her attackers were.

Sylvia Farmer says she does not believe any of her daughter’s attackers should be released on parole.

She says while she’s not satisfied with the decision to release Russel van Wyk, she has to accept it.

The emotional mother says she cannot forgive the four men who raped and killed her only daughter 18 years ago.

Farmer says she remembers every moment of what happened on the night of the attack and still battles with the memories after all these years.

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