n South African Journal of Criminal Justice - Sentencing a child who murders - 2006 (1) SACR 243 (SCA) : comment

Volume 20, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1011-8527
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2118



When P was only 12 years old she hired two men to kill her grandmother. At 14 years old she was convicted of murder by Swain J in the High Court in Pietermaritzburg. She received a 'postponed sentence' on condition that she complied with the conditions of a sentence of correctional supervision, for a period of three years. The state appealed against this sentence, mainly on the ground of it being too lenient. When the Supreme Court of Appeal ('the SCA') gave its judgment, on 1 December 2005, P was 15-and-a-half years old.

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