[ALERT] #CourtneyPieters: Mortimer Saunders gets two life sentences

The Elsies River man has been convicted of the rape and premeditated murder of three-year-old Courtney Pieters.

Sentencing proceedings against Mortimer Saunders - the man convicted of the rape & murder of 3-year old Courtney Pieters is underway in the Western Cape High Court. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Convicted child killer Mortimer Saunders has been handed two life sentences in jail for the rape and premeditated murder of Courtney Pieters in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday.

The Elsie's River man was convicted of raping and murdering three-year-old in May last year.

He was arrested shortly after her body was found in Epping Industria, nine days after she was reported missing.

Judge Babalwa Mantame has ruled that the sentences will run concurrently.

Cheers are ringing out and tears of joy are flowing outside the court where the man convicted of the rape and premeditated murder of Pieters has been handed his sentence.

The slain 3-year-old’s mother Juanita sobbed as she spoke to the media outside court.

In a letter written by Saunders and presented to the court in mitigation of sentence, the Elsies River man says Pieters didn't deserve what happened to her.

He has apologised to the girl's family as well as his own relatives.

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