Visser jailed for 25 years for the murder of mother-in-law

A man accused of murdering his mother-in-law was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Friday.

Stefanus Johannes (“Stefan”) Visser (29) pleaded guilty in the High Court to killing Pastor Elsabe van Niekerk (55) during a vicious knife attack in April last year.

During the sentencing, Judge Nicolene Janse van Nieuwenhuizen said she had considered the three criteria set out in law, namely the seriousness of the crime, the circumstances of the accused, and the interests of society.

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She said the viciousness of the attack was the main aggravating circumstance.

Reading from the pathologist’s report, she described the deep cuts made by the almost 40 stab wounds Visser had inflicted on Van Niekerk.

Visser had said in his guilty plea he had attacked Van Niekerk when she shoved him and hit him with her handbag.

The murder follows a long-running dispute with the Van Niekerk family since Visser and ex-wife Leandri (30) had separated in 2015.

The judge said Vissser had shown no remorse.

He had even continued the stabbing frenzy while being videoed on a cellphone by a neighbour at the Gezina workshop premises where the attack took place.

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The loss of a beloved wife, mother and grandmother had deeply affected the Van Niekerk family, said Van Nieuwenhuizen.

In Leandri’s emotional testimony earlier in the week, she described how the murder had torn the family apart, and affected them emotionally and financially.

Van Nieuwenhuizen had to take Visser’s two young children, a boy of six years and a daughter of four, into consideration who were now deprived of their father.

Tattooed Visser had looked nervous as he stood up to hear his fate, but showed no emotion as he was sentenced and was immediately led down to the holding cells.

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