Oosthuizen Kills 3 Old Women, Gets 3 Life Terms

The high court in Mbombela, Mpumalanga, on Thursday, sentenced serial murderer Shaun Oosthuizen to a third life sentence plus 15 years for robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Three years ago, on 8 July 2018, Oosthuizen travelled from Gauteng to Nelspruit, where he robbed and killed 85-year-old Henrietta Catharina Potgieter at the Macadamia Old Age Home.

The police arrested 41-year-old Oosthuizen for the murder. He was, however, released on bail after persistent applications.

While Oosthuizen was out on bail, he strangled elderly Alberton resident Barbara Esme Fenton (74) on 1 September 2018.

A Hawks’ investigation led to the arrest of Oosthuisen immediately after the Alberton murder.

Investigations also linked Oosthuizen to another murder that occurred on 24 June 2018.

Using the same modus operandi, Oosthuizen had travelled to Springs, where he gained access to Rus n Bietjie Old Age Home. He robbed and killed 86-year-old Engela van Wyk.

Oosthuizen was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment for Van Wyk’s murder and 15 years imprisonment for robbery with aggravating circumstances.

In December 2019, Oosthuizen was sentenced to life imprisonment for Fenton’s murder and 20 years imprisonment for robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Earlier this week Oosthuizen was again sentenced to life.

He will serve a total of three life sentences for killing three elderly women and 50 years for robbing them.

Commenting on the sentence, Mpumalanga Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) Head Major General Zodwa Mokoena said: “We appreciate the collaboration between the investigators and judiciary for ensuring that the heartless criminal who tormented the elderly who could not fight for themselves is removed from the community”.