Warrant Officer Albie Julius' killer sentenced to life plus 15 years


A 32 year-old Grahamstown man, Anthony Swarts, who pleaded guilty to the robbery and murder of Warrant Officer Albie Julius in Grahamstown at the beginning of August was sentenced to life plus 15 years imprisonment in the Grahamstown High Court on Tuesday.

In delivering the sentence, Judge Nomathamsanqa Beshe said that there were no compelling and substantial circumstances to make her deviate from the prescribed minimum sentences.

Members of the gallery, including Warrant Officer Julius' wife and their families, applauded the sentencing.

The late Julius, 48, who was laid to rest in Grahamstown at an official funeral at the Grahamstown Cathedral about two weeks ago, was stationed at Grahamstown SAPS.

He was off-duty when his body was discovered on the 6th of August with multiple stab wounds in the upper body in the bushes near Sun City, Grahamstown.

His cellphone was missing at the time his body was discovered.    

Swarts was swiftly arrested within a day of the discovery of the murder by Grahamstown Detectives, Visible Police and K9 members.  

He was convicted of robbery with aggravating circumstances and murder.