TWO RUTHLESS KILLERS: YASSIEM HARRIS AND SANDRA SMITH (1986)

This board about two people, Mrs Sandra Smith (22) and her partner, Yassiem Harris (19), who throttled and wounded to death Jermaine Abrahams, a sixteen year-old school girl, at her Mitchell's Plain home on 1 September, 1986.
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“I just grabbed the knife out of her hand and started stabbing Jermaine continuously in the neck,” he said. “She was lying on the floor on her stomach and as I was stabbing her, she wriggled on to her back but I still went on stabbing.”

“I just grabbed the knife out of her hand and started stabbing Jermaine continuously in the neck,” he said. “She was lying on the floor on her stomach and as I was stabbing her, she wriggled on to her back but I still went on stabbing.

Sandra Smith and Yassiem Harris were executed on 2 July, 1989, at the Pretoria Central Prison.

Sandra Smith and Yassiem Harris were executed on 2 July, at the Pretoria Central Prison.

Both Smith and harris wrote love letters to each other, while in prison. These love letters expressed their love for one another and how they just didn't think they could cope without each other. Sandra even confessed that she loved Yassiem more than her own husband.

The art of writing romantic love letters will never lose its charm, the effect of receiving one won't either. There is something beyond romantic, almost magical about reading a love letter written to you, they tell your own personal love story. So.

On 11 December 1986, both Smith and Harris were convicted of murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances. During his two-hour summing-up the Judge-President, Mr Justice Munnik, described Harris, who had tried to put the blame on Smith by saying he had acted on her instructions, as 'an appalling witness'. On 22 December, Smith and Harris were sentenced to hang because they had jointly planned and ruthlessly executed the murder of Jermaine Abrahams.

On 11 December 1986, both Smith and Harris were convicted of murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances. During his two-hour summing-up the Judge-President, Mr Justice Munnik, described Harris, who had tried to put the blame on Smith by saying he had acted on her instructions, as 'an appalling witness'. On 22 December, Smith and Harris were sentenced to hang because they had jointly planned and ruthlessly executed the murder of Jermaine Abrahams.

The trial of Sandra Smith and Yassiem Harris began at the Cape Town Supreme Court on 1 December 1986. Both were accused of murdering and robbing Jermaine Abrahams. During the trial, both Smith and Harris attempted to shift the onus of blame on to the other.

The trial of Sandra Smith and Yassiem Harris began at the Cape Town Supreme Court on 1 December Both were accused of murdering and robbing Jermaine Abrahams. During the trial, both Smith and Harris attempted to shift the onus of blame on to the other.

A month later, Smith and Harris were sent to Valkenberg Hospitalfor 30 days' psychiatric evaluation. Although Harris was said to have an 'anti-social personality disorder', both he and Smith were judged fit to stand trial.

The old Northville Psychiatric Hospital has been closed since There are redevelopment plans for the site that include demolishing the .

Smith and Harris appeared at a preliminary hearing at the Mitchell's Plain Magistrates' Court on 23 September. They pleaded guilty to murder, alternatively culpable homicide, and to stealing R2 000 worth of jewellery.

Smith and Harris appeared at a preliminary hearing at the Mitchell's Plain Magistrates' Court on 23 September. They pleaded guilty to murder, alternatively culpable homicide, and to stealing 000 worth of jewellery.

On 15 September, Sandra Smith was charged with the murder of Jermaine Abrahams. Five days later, Yassiem Harris was arrested and charged similarly.

On 15 September, Sandra Smith was charged with the murder of Jermaine Abrahams. Five days later, Yassiem Harris was arrested and charged similarly.

Two weeks later, while Smith was being questioned by the police regarding a video machine that she and Harris had hired and sold, she suddenly confessed to the killing of Jermaine Abrahams. “I wouldn't have been able to live with it,” she said. Then she wept and under cross-examination admitted, “He pulled the scarf tight across her mouth and then cut her throat.”

Two weeks later, while Smith was being questioned by the police regarding a video machine that she and Harris had hired and sold, she suddenly confessed to the killing of Jermaine Abrahams. “I wouldn't have been able to live with it,” she said. Then she wept and under cross-examination admitted, “He pulled the scarf tight across her mouth and then cut her throat.”

After Smith had found the valuables, she handed them to Harris and then began a systematic search of the cupboards. She saw that the duvet had been pulled over Jermaine's head and it was then she realized Harris had slit Jermaine's throat.

After Smith had found the valuables, she handed them to Harris and then began a systematic search of the cupboards. She saw that the duvet had been pulled over Jermaine's head and it was then she realized Harris had slit Jermaine's throat.

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