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'Heartless pig' in pen for life

By unknown | Jun 07, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Khanyisile Nkosi

Overwhelmed by emotions, Magdelene Lee and Abu-bak'r Ganchie, parents of murdered Michaela Ganchie, cried bitterly outside the court yesterday.

"I'm hurt that I will never see my daughter again while her murderer's parents will see him in jail.

I hope that he never sees the outside world again," said Lee.

Ganchie said Jones' failure to show remorse and his outburst in court demonstrated "just how heartless he is".

"He is a pig. He doesn't have a heart," he said.

He said Jones awaited "more justice" in prison. Ganchie said while the sentence brought closure, he would never see his daughter again.

Jones was yesterday sentenced to two life terms and 23 years for the brutal rape and murder of six-year-old Michaela.

Jones' father said the family was going to appeal.

"I believe my son when he says he is innocent," he said.

Miranda Friedman, a director of women and men against child abuse, said she was "extremely pleased" with the sentence.

"I hope it deters other would-be offenders," she said.

Friedman said the long sentence was a victory for organisations fighting child abuse.

"If we have more of these sentences criminals will get the message," she said.

Friedman urged parents to be more vigilant.


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