A probation officer testifying in the sentencing procedures of convicted child murderer, Mortimer Saunders,…

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A probation officer testifying in the sentencing procedures of convicted child murderer, Mortimer Saunders,…

A probation officer testifying in the sentencing procedures of convicted child murderer, Mortimer Saunders, at the High Court in Cape Town, has recommended that the court should sentence the accused to a minimum of one life sentence. Saunders was convicted last month of the premeditated murder and rape of three-year-old Courtney Pieters in Elsies River in May last year. The little girl’s body was found in the Epping Industria, near her home, nine days after she was reported missing. Probation officer, Jeremy Kessie, says Mortimer Saunders accepted responsibilty for Courtney’s murder, when he spoke to him, but said that the act was not premeditated. He says Saunders therefore does not accept full responsibility for his actions. He says Saunders would pose a risk to the weak and vulnerable, especially young children if he were to be released back into society. These were some of the findings in Kessie’s report on Saunders which he presented to the court. Sitting in the dock, Mortimer Saunders who is dressed in a thick green jacket, showed no signs of emotion throughout proceedings.

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