Oct 12

American national wants two-year sentence in Heckmair case

American citizen Kevan Townsend, convicted of murdering André Heckmair, asked the court to sentence him to seven years imprisonment, of which five years are suspended for a period of five years. In the eventuality that the request is granted, it means 37-year-old Townsend will serve two years for the murder. He made the submission through his lawyer Mbanga Siyomunji, as part of the mitigation process before sentencing. Siyomunji argued that the appropriate sentence is 20 years, of which his client has already served 13 years.