WEEKS before he is set to be sentenced for the brutal murder of his girlfriend in full view of their young son, Ryno Diergaardt, his morning apologised to the family of his victim.
Ryno Diergaardt, 36, took the stand in the High Court to apologise and ask for forgiveness to the family and friends of Tiffany Lewin, 22, who he killed in 2014 at his rented flat in Windhoek’s Khomasdal by stabbing her 27 times.
“I apologise for the hurt and pain I’ve caused to your family. It was never my intention and I know that words cannot take away the hurt I’ve caused you. I hope you find it in your hearts to forgive me. I loved her dearly and my hope was for us to be a happy family. If I am this hurt, I cannot imagine how you feel as a result of my actions, ” Diergaardt said.
Diergaardt explained that two months after the brutal murder, he intended to apologise to the deceased family but was advised by his psychiatrist to refrain from doing so as it was too early and the family was mourning.
In 2016, he however wrote an apology letter, he told the court in mitigation before sentencing.
Judge Nate Ndauendapo is presiding, with Boris Isaacs is representing Diergaardt. Lourinda Jacobs represents the state in the matter.