Snyman said aggravating factors in the case included Curran’s status as someone working for the benefit of society, his status as a patriarch in his family and the fact that violent murders have caused considerable distress in society.
“The family of the deceased is traumatised by the offence, more so since they are not able to attend these proceedings,” said Snyman.
The state agreed that Oyoka had a clean record and showed remorse when he pleaded guilty to the charges against him. Oyoka had also asked for an opportunity to apologise to a representative of Curran’s family who was present in court.
He turned to the representative, who was sitting in the gallery, and speaking through his French translator he told her he hoped his apology would help the family to recover from the pain he had caused them.
“I wanted to give apologies to the family. I know that saying sorry cannot fix this thing I did. But I know that over time it will reduce the pain you feel because it took me almost one year to forgive myself,” he said.
“I know white people don’t believe in witchcraft. But I know everything I did in that time is not me. Sincerely I ask you to forgive me.”
The young woman cried while listening to his apology.