A male sex worker has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for the grisly murder of his client in Cape Town.

Quinton van Reenen negotiated a plea bargain in which he pled guilty to robbery with aggravating circumstances and the murder three years ago of Ian Robert Flett.

Van Reenen said that he was a regular visitor at Flett’s Claremont home, admitting that he stabbed the 59 year old man 44 times and then tied him to a toilet in the house, with “military” knots.

He then fled with Flett’s clothes, cell phone, other personal items and his bakkie, which he later set alight and abandoned.

Flett was discovered dead in the toilet the next morning.

Van Reenen said that the motive for the murder was to steal money and goods for drugs.

Van Reenen asked the Judge that he be jailed in a Johannesburg prison where he could make use of his carpentry skills. Judge John Hlophe replied that the place of his imprisonment should be left up to Correctional Services.

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