A South African serial killer clapped ironically at a judge as she handed him four life sentences and an additional 71 years behind bars for committing five murders, a rape, and other crimes. After the judge handed him the sentence, Cameron Wilson remarked "At least I'm still alive."
Wilson, 20, smiled as he was led from the court in handcuffs while his victims' families jeered at him from the gallery at Western Cape High Court on 25 August.
Wilson was arrested in September 2016 for raping and murdering 18-year-old Lekita Moore. He stabbed her 98 times and left her naked body in Valhalla Park. Her genitals were badly slashed.
Another victim, Stacy Lee Mohale, was raped, and then killed by being stoned and set on fire.
The emotionally charged public gallery applauded as Judge Chantal Fortuin handed Wilson a sentence that ensures he will die in prison. As he walked past them smirking, many pointed, shouted and booed him.
Wilson was given three life sentences for the murders of Moore, Mohale and Toyher Stober. The fourth life sentence was for the rape of Dawney Davids. He was also handed 15 years in prison for stabbing Ernest Erasmus to death with a screwdriver.
"The attack on Lekita Moore shocked the court and the Western Cape. It is clear that this young lady challenged your need to control women," Judge Fortuin said, according to Eyewitness News.
Wilson maintained a relaxed demeanour throughout the trial, often smiling and rolling his eyes. He is reported to have joined the notorious prison gang "The 28s" since his arrest.
Fortuin said that while Wilson had grown up in a deprived part of the Western Cape, he had the support of two loving parents and was not scarred by an abusive childhood.
"You never tried to earn an income or complete your schooling. Instead you roamed the streets," she said, according to News 24.
Lekita Moore's father, Charles, said he was content with the sentence. He said: "The fact that he clapped hands shows he is a violent murderer."
"We prayed for the rope [and for him to hang] but that couldn't happen. He mustn't see his family; he must feel the pain that we feel."