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Two-year-old Caydene Ruiters' killers slapped with life plus 40 years in prison

Dec 13, 2016
Two-year-old Caydene Ruiters' killers slapped with life plus 40 years in prison

Two Port Elizabeth men, who were convicted by the Port Elizabeth High Court for the murder of two-year-old Caydene Ruiters in December 2015 on Monday afternoon, were handed lengthy jail sentences for charges that ranged from murder, attempted murder (x6) to the illegal possession of firearm and illegal possession of ammunition.

According to police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu, "On 14 December 2015, at about 07:00, Caydene Ruiters was fatally shot  while she was standing in front of her house in Sagitarius Road in Helenvale. 

"At the time, a man was engaged in a conversation  in the street when the two accused started shooting at him. A stray bullet struck Ruiters in her chest. She died on her way to hospital." 

Marcus Malgas (25) was arrested the same afternoon while the second accused, Gregory Van Staden(30), was arrested on 14 January 2016 in Holland Park, Port Elizabeth.

"Both accused remained in custody until the finalisation of the case.

"Malgas is currently serving a life plus 32 years imprisonment for previous cases of murder, attempted murder, unlawful possession of firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition which he committed in  October and November 2015," described Colonel Naidu.

"Both the accused are members of the 16 Honde gang."

They received the following sentences on Tuesday afternoon:

  • Murder – life imprisonment,
  • Attempted murder – 10 years imprisonment,
  • Attempted murder (x5) - 10 years imprisonment,
  • Illegal possession of firearm - 15 years, and
  • Illegal possession of ammunition – 5 years.

"In effect they are sentenced to life plus 40 years in prison," described Colonel Naidu.

"The sentence is welcomed by SAPS management. Team work within the SAPS and the dedicated team of investigators at the Provincial Gang Investigation Unit including  the NPA is reaping significant rewards. The sentence augurs well for the SAPS because through dedication, thorough investigations and professional prosecutions, the judicial system is working." 

Image: Left to right, Marcus Malgas and Gregory Van Staden.