It has been more than a year, but little Courtney Pieters has finally received justice.
On Tuesday, the Western Cape High Court handed down two life sentences to child murderer, Mortimer Saunders.
He was convicted for the rape and murder of the 3 year old Courtney in May of last year.
In handing down her judgement, Judge Pearl Mantame described the murder as violent and cruel.
Saunders claimed that that he decided to poison Courtney because he disliked her mother.
Judge Mantame stated that Courtney’s death must have slow and painful, and that Saunders had enough time to reconsider his actions.
He did not and instead, chose to let her die and then dumped her body in an industrial area.
When the sentence was announced, the whole court erupted into applause.