22 years behind bars for PE double murderer

JUNE 10, 2015

Convicted double murderer, Morné van der Linden, was handed 22 years in prison sentence on Wednesday when Port Elizabeth High Court Judge, Glen Goosen, handed down his sentence. The State was seeking life imprisonment, while the Defence had asked the court to impose a 10-year- jail term.

In a short trial that began last week Tuesday at the court, Van der Linden, 29, pleaded guilty tobludgeoning his wife's grandmother, Catherine Stofberg, 79, and her son, Kenneth Morar, 54, to death in August last year.

He has maintained that his actions were not premeditated.

While Judge Goosen found that the murders were not pre-meditated, he said Van der Linden had acted with intention to kill.

He also convicted van der Linden on a charge of theft after he was found with Stofberg's cellphone.

Forensic pathologist, Dr Prudent Mgobo, testified last Tuesday about the injuries suffered by the deceased.

While he told the court that a hammer, which was found on the scene, was never used in both cases, he said that blunt force had caused the deaths of Stofberg and Morar.

The court also heard from Roxanne, van der Linden's wife, how he called her and told her; "I killed your grandmother and your uncle, and you are next b**ch." 

Early that evening, he had pleaded with her to take him back after Roxanne, a security guard, had obtained a restraining order aganist him two days before the murder. Roxanne was on night duty on the night of the murder.

She said van der Linden drank excessivley and abused her - and was also drunk on the night of the murder.