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Media interest from Germany causes delay in sentencing of couple who killed Claus Schroeder


The sentencing of two German nationals who killed fellow country-man and farm-owner Claus Schroeder, a decade ago, has been delayed in the Port Elizabeth High Court.

This, after a German media house, brought an application to broadcast the proceeding live.

The 42-year-old Jens Leunberg and 44-year old Kristina Adler were found guilty of Schroeder's murder even though his body was never found.

Leunberg and Adler first visited South Africa in May 2007 for a holiday and returned home the following year with fraudulent Visa's.

In 2007, the couple expressed interest in purchasing the victim's farm in the Hankey district and a memorandum of agreement was drawn up to sell the property for an amount of R8.5 million.

Ngcakani says they offered Schreuder Bank documents as a guarantee, which was also fake as they never applied for any loan from the bank.

She says when Claus Schroeder did not receive his money after a year, he became concerned and wanted answers.

Leunberg lured Schroeder to a kloof where he killed him.

Judge Thembekile Malusi said he was satisfied that the state had proven its case beyond reasonable doubt and found Leunberg guilty of murder and two counts of fraud.

He further found Adler guilty of being an accessory to murder and two counts of fraud.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson, Anelisa Ngcakani says the court will also hear an application by the Asset Forfeiture Unit on Wednesday afternoon.

The Judge is expected to rule on both the applications on Wednesday so that sentencing proceedings can continue on Thursday.

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