n South African Journal of Criminal Justice - Sentencing : recent cases
|Article Title||Sentencing : recent cases|
|© Publisher:||Juta Law Publishing|
|Journal||South African Journal of Criminal Justice|
|Affiliations||1 University of Pretoria|
|Publication Date||Jan 2012|
|Pages||151 - 164|
When sentencing cases with a racial connotation, it is of particular importance to take public interest into account. In S v Combrink 2012 (1) SACR 93 (SCA) it was highlighted that the sentence in such a matter should not incense the public with 'an appearance to favour a particular group in society' (at para 24). This matter involved the conduct of a farmer (C) who fired two shots in the direction of the deceased, the second shot being fatal. C did this as the deceased - a farm worker - was walking through his mealie fields, and created suspicion, as he did not respond to C's repeated calls.
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