Murder was of a 'brutal' nature - judge

July 27, 2007 20:01

The Cape High Court has dismissed an appeal brought by one of three men found guilty of kidnapping and brutally murdering a homosexual Elsies River hairdresser.

Isaac Jonathan, Johannes Haas, and Terence Gentle were sentenced in July 2002 to 25 years for the murder of Ivan Johannes. They were also given a three-year sentence for kidnapping, to run concurrently with the 25-year sentence. Two other suspects initially charged were acquitted.

This week a full bench of the high court turned down Jonathan's appeal. In the judgment, Judges Deon Van Zyl, Nathan Erasmus and Daniel Dlodlo said there was "no basis on which this court may interfere with the sentence".

Jonathan's grounds of appeal were that the sentence was "shockingly inappropriate and that (Judge Davis) had accorded too much weight to the nature of the crime, the interests of the victim and his family, and the interests of society."

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