Jevon Snyman was on Thursday found guilty of killing an 18-year-old pupil on the tennis court of a Cape Town school in an apparent gang-related attack.
The Western Cape High Court found he had acted in common purpose with Wilson Stoffels, who fired the fatal shot to Glenrico Martin’s head at the Spes Bona Secondary School in May 2013.
Stoffels was sentenced last year to 24 years as part of a plea bargain, after admitting he and Snyman were part of a criminal gang.
Snyman, wearing a tracksuit top and jeans, was expressionless when hearing he had been convicted of murder and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.
He was found not guilty on a gang-related charge in terms of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act.
For Martin’s family, the matric pupil’s death was not easy to forget.
“It’s like it was yesterday. It’s still very fresh,” his mother, Henrietta Martin, said outside the court, standing close to her husband Michael.
“He was a very friendly child, always communicating with everybody.”
She said her son and Snyman had played soccer together as kids.
Judge Lister Nuku said the evidence showed that Snyman arrived at the school in a school uniform the morning of the shooting, despite not being a pupil.
“Whilst it is true that the accused never went into the school yard, the only reasonable inference is that he handed over the firearm so Stoffels could shoot the deceased.”
The murder conviction hinged on the testimony of state witness Keenan Slinger, a pupil at the time who was suspended for smoking dagga.
Despite his suspension, he appeared at the school that morning to meet up with a friend and recognised Snyman with an unknown man (Stoffels), asking where Martin was.
A short while later, he witnessed the two exchanging something quickly.
His testimony was backed up by CCTV footage from a care centre near the school.
After Snyman was convicted on Thursday morning, state prosecutor Goodman Jaxa said he had a previous conviction for possession of drugs from 2012, which resulted in a cautionary discharge sentence.
The case was provisionally postponed until next Friday so a probation officer could give an indication of how long it would take to write up a report. A date for sentencing is yet to be determined. News24