Killer in plea for second chance

Gareth Wilson

CONVICTED axe murderer and former Port Elizabeth police chief superintendent Dave Schwarz has pleaded to be given a second chance and to be forgiven for one of the city’s most gruesome killings in 1997.

He was speaking as Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University backpedalled on hiring the wife-killer as an on-campus investigator. But students said they had no problem with him working if he was rehabilitated and the law deemed it safe.

Schwarz, 59, has had his criminal record expunged, is a registered private security guard and has been working at the university for the past four months.

He hacked his police captain wife, Sonia, 31, to death in front of their seven-year-old son in 1997 at their Ben Kamma home. They also had a daughter, aged six. Schwarz said he was grateful to NMMU for the chance to assist them and loved the work, but understood their decision to not continue with his contract.

“The reputation of NMMU is far bigger than me. I realise that and I understand it,” he said.

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