A criminal who burnt a gay man to death will spend 17 years in prison

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Christo Oncke was found guilty of Dawid Olyne’s murder in South Africa. The victim was brutally burnt too death after being violently beaten. The thug, who claimed he got angry when Mr Olyne “came onto him”, was found guilty of a murder hate crime charge. 17 witnesses confirm that the murder was intended and planned – the thug told that he was going to kill a gay man.

Judge Siraj Desai said previously: “By his own words he had assaulted [Olyne]. He said he was sexually attacked by Olyne and that caused him to react the way he did. He meant to hurt him and this points to it being a hate crime.” Members of the Triangle Project, an anti-homophobia charity, said they were happy that the judge had use the term “crime of hate”, but that they thought Oncke may have had accomplices who have escaped justice. Sharon Cox from the project, said: “It is unfortunate the other people who killed Dawid are free and Oncke has been left to take it all upon himself.”

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