The Johannesburg High Court has slammed two Nigerian rent boys for coming to "the greener pastures" of South Africa and then leaving a trail of murder and torture in their wake.
Sentencing Anthony Chinedu and Victor Judge to an effective life term for their kidnapping and brutal killing of Chinedu's 54-year-old client Hendrik Adams, Judge Lucy Mailula yesterday said their murderous conduct was "of serious concern".
"If you want to live in this country you have to abide by the laws of this country," Judge Mailula said, echoing comments from state advocate Deon van Wyk.
Van Wyk earlier stated that, by killing Adams, the men had "bit the hand that feeds them" and made a mockery of their self-expressed desire to find a better life in South Africa.
Judge Mailula described Airports Company South Africa employee Adams as a "soft target" who had trusted Chinedu, one of his favourite companions.
Despite this relationship, Judge and Chinedu had held Adams captive for at least five days and viciously assaulted, starved and tortured him.
Judge Mailula found that the men had also "played games" with Adams's desperately worried friends and family by repeatedly demanding a R57 000 ransom from them and then aborting their efforts to drop it off.
After murdering Adams, who had pleaded for his life, the judge said the pair "dumped his body like it was trash".
Adams's battered body was found with a urine-soaked sock in his mouth and his pants pulled down, stuffed into a dumpster in Berea, Joburg. He died as a result of severe head injuries and blunt-force trauma.
Both Judge and Chinedu bowed their heads and stared at the floor as Judge Mailula said their crimes had been committed for greed. (Not so. The truth is much worse.)