Richard Bloom and Brett Goldin
After years of campaigning against their parole, the mother of slain actor Brett Goldin has accepted the release of two of the men who hijacked her son.
Jade Wyngaard and Nurshad Davids were released on parole from the Drakenstein Correctional Centre on Wednesday after serving two-thirds of their 12-year sentence.
In April 2006, the naked bodies of Goldin (28), a popular actor, and clothing designer Bloom (27) were found in Mowbray, Cape Town. The two men, who were openly gay, had been shot in the head.
Wyngaard and Davids were found guilty of the kidnapping, hijacking and armed robbery that led to their murder. Two others, Shavaan Marlie and Clinton Davids, pleaded guilty to the actual murder and remain in jail serving a 28-year-sentence.
On her Facebook page, Goldin’s mother Denise wrote: “Well, it has happened! The 2 accomplices to Brett and Richard’s murder have been released on parole today. May they never hurt another being again… Thanks for all the love, understanding and support over the past years.”
Denise, who previously led online campaigns and petitions ahead of the attackers’ annual parole hearings, told EWN that she hopes that Wyngaard and Davids will go on to become productive members of society.
“We were involved, the Bloom family and myself. The parole board were actually very decent with us and good to deal with. We were involved right from the beginning and there was good communication between us,” she said.
The Correctional Services Department stated that the men’s parole had certain conditions and they had been model prisoners who had completed rehabilitation programs.