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Hannah Cornelius’s killers handed life sentences

Vernon Witbooi, Geraldo Parsons and Eben van Niekerk were found guilty of rape, murder, attempted murder, kidnapping and robbery last week.

FILE: Hannah Cornelius’ killers in the dock for sentencing proceedings. Picture: Lauren Issacs/EWN

CAPE TOWN – Three men accused of the murder and rape of Stellenbosch student Hannah Cornelius have been handed life sentences in the Western Cape High Court.

Vernon Witbooi, Geraldo Parsons and Eben Van Niekerk have been handed life sentences for the rape and murder of 21-year-old Cornelius.

Witbooi and Parsons were slapped with 25 years behind bars for attempting to murder Marsh, while Van Niekerk was handed a 20-year sentence for the same crime.

A fourth accused, Nashville Julius, has received 15 years each for the robbery of the two victims and seven years each for their kidnappings.

The sentences will run concurrently with an effective 22-year sentence.

On Monday, Judge Rosheni Allie says none of the men showed remorse for their deeds.

Marsh says he's glad justice has been served.

“I feel happy and I’m glad [about the sentences]. I feel like justice has been served on a platter.”

Judge Allie says none of the accused took the court into confidence, but instead they chose to plead not guilty.

She says the way in which the deceased was killed was violent, vengeful and filled with vicious intent.

Last week, the Western Cape High Court found Mortimer Saunders guilty of the rape and premeditated murder of three-year-old Courtney Pieters.

A day later, the same court found Jason Rohde guilty of the murder of his wife Susan Rohde at Spier wine estate in 2016.

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