Aljar Swartz Bags 22 Years For Beheading Teen


Justice was finally served on Wednesday when the Western Cape High Court sentenced Aljar Swartz to 22 years behind bars for decapitating a Ravensmead teenager in 2013.

Swartz cut off the head of 15-year-old Lee Adams at an abandoned Cape Town school in October 2013. According to the murderer, he lured Adams to Florida Primary under the pretext that they would smoke dagga there. Then on getting to the school, he stabbed him severally and got him beheaded.

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The victim’s body was abandoned at the crime scene while his head was later found in a shallow grave at the suspect’s backyard.

Investigations revealed that Swartz, who was just 17 at the time of the murder had wanted to sell Adams’ head to a sangoma for R5 000.

In March, the accused was convicted of one count of murder and three counts of incitement to commit murder.

Aljar Swartz Is A Heartless Individual

In her judgement, Judge Elize Steyn set aside the evidence of Methodist Reverend Cecil Begbie, who testified that Swartz killed Adams because he was possessed by demons when he committed the atrocity.

She rather described Swartz as a “heartless individual” with no empathy, compassion or remorse; who consciously “enjoyed” Adam’s murder.

Judge Steyn added that she won’t apply minimum sentence legislation in the case because Swartz was only 17 years old when the crime was committed but that he will be sentenced in terms of the Child Justice Act – this meant the accused will not be sentenced to more than 25 years behind bars.

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She however noted that Aljar Swartz’s convictions would be “taken together” and the 22-year sentence would be backdated to the day of his arrest on October 20, 2013 – this means he faces just over 19 years behind bars.

A pre-sentencing report of a forensic psychologist; Major Hayden Nibbs, suggested that the accused is likely to commit more crimes. And while the sentencing lasted; Swartz appeared unemotional and without remorse.