Tebogo Msimanga |
The High Court in Mbombela on Thursday sentenced serial murderer, Shaun Oosthuizen (41) to life imprisonment plus 15 years imprisonment for robbery with aggravating circumstances.
On 8 July 2018, the accused travelled from Gauteng to Nelspruit where he went to Macadamia Old Age Home to rob and kill Henrietta Catharina Potgieter (85). He was arrested and was later released on bail after his persistent applications.
Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi of Mpumalanga Hawks said while Oosthuizen was out bail, he committed another murder of an elderly resident, Barbara Esme Fenton (74) by strangling her to death on 1 September 2018 at her home in Alberton.
“The Hawks’ investigation led to the arrest of Oosthuisen immediately after the incident and he was further linked to another murder that occurred on 24 June 2018 where Engela Van Wyk (86) was killed and robbed at Rus n Bietjie Old Age Home in Springs.”
Sekgotodi added that in December 2019, Oosthuizen was sentenced to life imprisonment for Fenton’s death and 20 years imprisonment for robbery with aggravating circumstances. “He will serve a total of three life sentences for killing three old women and 50 years for further robbing them.”
The Provincial Head for the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation in Mpumalanga, Major General Zodwa Mokoena applauded the investigating team for securing life sentences.