Just in: The court has decided to let Marinda Steyn, mother of Leroux and Marcel, hear her fate today after she signed a plea bargain.
Leroux also signed a plea bargain earlier this morning and was subsequently sentenced to 25 years’ imprisonment.
News journalist Bianca Pindral is reporting live from the courtroom to keep readers informed.
Leroux Steyn sentenced while mother Marinda waits for her fate
The trial of the five accused of crimes that shook Krugersdorp has finally started in the South Gauteng: Johannesburg High Court this morning.
The Steyns – mother Marinda and her children, Leroux and Marcel, plus the unrelated Cecilia Steyn and Zak Valentine, were seated in front of a full courtroom, with News journalist, Bianca Pindral, reporting live.
The five are accused of murdering 11 people in four years and their killing spree has been hotly debated on various national and international media outlets.
During earlier appearances, the court heard that two of the accused would be signing a plea bargain.
In court this morning, it was made known that mother and son, Marinda and Leroux, will be signing plea bargain deals. The court has heard a request for their trial to be separated from the rest. The request was granted, resulting in the matter being postponed to 8 October for Cecelia and Marcel Steyn, and Zak Valentine.
Le Roux Steyn has accepted a plea agreement and has been sentenced to 25 years’ imprisonment. He left the courtroom in tears.
Court has been postponed to tomorrow, 17 May, when Marinda Steyn will appear for her plea bargain and sentencing.
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