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Last Updated: Tuesday, 16 March, 2004, 13:51 GMT
Massage parlour killers sentenced
Cape Town
Cape Town was shocked by the killings
A South African court has sentenced two men to nine terms of life imprisonment for the murder of nine men at a gay massage parlour in Cape Town last year.

The men were each sentenced to a further 20 years for attempted murder and 15 years for armed robbery.

Waiter Adam Woest, 27, and taxi driver Trevor Theys, 44 were convicted of premeditated murder last week.

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

The pair tied up their nine victims - including the owner of the Sizzlers gay massage parlour - shot them in the head and in some cases slit their throats.

"The offences of which you have been convicted represent utter savagery and extreme callousness," the judge, Nathan Erasmus, said.

He said he would the men should never be given parole.

Survivor

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

Outside the courtroom Mr Taylor said he was pleased with the sentences his attackers received.

"Justice has been done and I'm happy... they are never going to see sunlight from outside a cell again."

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

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




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