Ritual killing: lover jailed

Nomahlubi Jordaan

KEEPING satanic symbols, speaking in tongues and performing weird rituals were the things Grace Tommy was exposed to while she was in a relationship with her killer, Samantha Mitchell, who was sentenced yesterday to 15 years’ imprisonment.

Tommy’s sister, Veronica Jarvis, welcomed the sentence, handed down in the Port Elizabeth High Court, and detailed the bizarre life of the couple before it ended in the gruesome death.

She said Mitchell got what she deserved, but she was bitterly disappointed that she could not be there for the sentencing as she would have loved to see the look on Mitchell’s face.

“She did not show any remorse. I don’t think she believed she would go to jail because she was so confident throughout the trial,” Jarvis said from her Cape Town home yesterday.

“She destroyed our family. My mother died six months after Grace because she could not take it. My mother and Grace will now finally rest in peace.”

Mitchell, 38, was convicted of killing Tommy, 37, in their Prospect Hill flat in Central on December 21 2009.

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