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‘Pathetic justice system’: six years for killing 6-year-old girl and her nanny

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Convicted hitman Rafiek Hayners will spend the next six years behind bars for the accident that killed a six-year-old girl and her nanny after being convicted in Wynberg Regional Court.

However, little Shaylynn Arendse’s father said that after three years of dutifully attending court appearances in the hope of getting justice, they were sorely disappointed.

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Hayners was convicted of culpable homicide for the accident that killed Shaylynn and her nanny Maureen Abrahams, 61, of Lotus River on September 27, 2018.

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Shaylynn had been a pupil at Strandfontein Elementary School and had visited his nanny who lived in Lotus River for the school holidays when tragedy struck.

Photo of Shaylynn Arendse: provided

A year after the incident, Hayners admitted to exceeding the speed limit and hopping a red robot on Strandfontein Road and 5th Avenue, killing the two as they stood on the sidewalk.

Hayners was due to be sentenced in January 2020, but Magistrate Khaleed Parker referred the case to regional court and explained that the maximum three-year sentence he was allowed to impose would not do justice to the victims or their families.

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“You drove like the devil was chasing you,” Parker said at the time.

In regional court, Hayners was expected to face between 15 and 20 years in prison for culpable homicide.

However, after months of delays, Hayners was finally sentenced on Wednesday, with the judge granting him six years in direct jail for both counts of culpable homicide and declaring him unfit to own a firearm.

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Shaylynn’s heartbroken father Jason Hendricks, 28, said the judge was way too lenient on Hayners.

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“The justice system is pathetic. It has been almost three years since we had to endure in and out of court for a miserable three-year sentence, ”he said.

“I’m sure you would get a harsher sentence for a petty crime in this country and I think the justice system sucks. It is more suited to the criminal than to the victims.

“We still have to sit down with the loss of our daughter. All the pain and suffering that we have to endure every day.

“Who knows, he might behave right and we will continue to suffer.”

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