A man who fled to Port Elizabeth after murdering his pregnant girlfriend has been sentenced to 22 years after pleading guilty.
Nicola Pienaar-Vice‚ 28‚ worked for her mother Marlane‚ a psychologist in Paarl‚ as her assistant when she disappeared in January 2017.
Her body was found buried under rubble in the backyard of 33-year-old Jaco Oosthuizen’s parents’ house‚ where he lived for 25 days after she was reported missing by her mother.
At the time, it was reported that Oosthuizen reportedly had a history of using drugs such as tik‚ mandrax and dagga.
Oosthuizen entered into a plea and sentencing deal with the state on Wednesday in the High Court in Cape Town.
He was arrested in Port Elizabeth after he drove there in Pienaar-Vice’s car‚ which he stole.
He originally told police he had dropped Pienaar-Vice in Oudtshoorn after they got into a fight.
But he later confessed to his mother‚ Marietjie‚ that he had murdered the young woman.
He then pointed out to police where he had buried her.