oa Article 40 - Sentencing children convicted of serious crimes

Volume 3 Number 4
  • ISSN : 1562-4382



Extracted from text ... 4 Sentencing children convicted of serious crimes Dirk van Zyl Smit, Professor of Criminology, University of Cape Town Cases of children who commit horrific crimes pose some of the most difficult sentencing challenges to the judiciary. S v Nkosi (Case A727/00 Unreported WLD) was such a case. The sentence was the only matter in dispute at the initial trial, as Nkosi, who was 16 years old at the time of the commission of the offences, had pleaded guilty to murder and two counts of housebreaking. The murder, committed by Nkosi together with a 21-year-old accomplice, was of a defenceless and ""slightly ..

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