Nothing less than a life sentence will do.
That’s the sentiment of the family of slain teacher Allison Plaaitjies who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend Phillip April.
During sentencing proceedings on Monday, April’s lawyer, Office Mtini asked the court to impose a lesser sentence.
Because he had confessed to killing Plaaitjies and has shown remorse.
But the State lawyer, Advocate Renée Uys said April can’t be rewarded for that, she argued for a life sentence to be imposed.
Phillip had been convicted of Plaaitjies’ premeditated murder and theft of her vehicle.
He stabbed the primary teacher at her flat in Clanwilliam on the West Coast in October 2019.
The 27-year-old will be sentenced on the 31st of January 2023.
The victim’s cousin Lizel Plaaitjies says April must live out the rest of his natural life behind bars.
“If I was a voter, I would to vote for him to be sentenced to life in prison. Because she’s [Plaaitjies] not with us anymore. He’s sorry after the incident. But sorry doesn’t do much for us. He must go to prison”.