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Last Updated: Friday, 12 March, 2004, 12:54 GMT
Two guilty of Cape gay massacre
Cape Town
Cape Town was shocked by the killings
Two men have been found guilty of carrying out some of the most gruesome murders seen in South Africa.

Last year, Cape Town was stunned when nine male escorts, including the owner of the Sizzlers gay massage parlour, had their throats slit before being shot.

On Thursday in the city's High Court, waiter Adam Woest, 27, and taxi driver Trevor Theys, 44, were convicted of nine counts of premeditated murder.

The reasons for the attack are unclear, as the men refused to testify in court.

The only survivor of the attack managed to stagger to a nearby petrol station to alert police.

The killings sent shockwaves through South Africa, which has some of the world's highest rates of violent crime.

Cape Town markets itself as a top holiday destination for gay tourists.

The two men, who were also convicted of robbery, are expected to receive life sentences next week.



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