“My grandmother's friend hurt me when he raped me, and I had an operation on my behind.”
The situation became worse when his grandmother died, and he had to live with his friends in a squatter camp. While living there he was approached by a man who promised to look after him, but who had then locked him in his house for days and raped him.
Bester told the court the difficulties he encountered forced him to commit crime.
“I resorted to crime to support myself. It is either you die or make a plan,” he said.
He had been found guilty of fraud in 2009 and sentenced to six months in jail with an option of paying a R1,500 fine.
“I did not have money to pay. They treated me badly in prison because they thought I was from a well-off family.”
He had been gang-raped. A bottle with soapy water was inserted into his anus while he was in prison. The report about his prison abuse was presented in court on Friday. It only mentioned the abuse, but not the rapes.
Seeking to persuade the court to give him a lesser sentence, Bester said he needed a second chance.
“I know I have done terrible things. This is not truly who I am. I want the opportunity to put things right,” he said.
If the court felt he did not deserve mercy, he would accept it.
Bester had been sentenced to more than 50 years which was later decreased to 30 years. For Tyhulu's murder, he had been sentenced to life.