Role serial killer
Name Samuel Sidyno
|Country South Africa|
Span of killings 1998–1999
Date apprehended January 6, 1999
Born 1962 (age 59) South Africa
Other names Capital Park Serial Killer
Criminal penalty 7 Life Sentences, effectively 40 years
Similar Marlene Lehnberg, Moses Sithole, Norman Afzal Simons
Sidyno undertook a murderous rampage starting November 1998 and culminating with his arrest on 6 January 1999. He killed and disposed of his victims in the Capital Park hills of Pretoria, a deserted area of hills near the city centre and Pretoria Zoo.
His victims included two adult women; Paulinah Ledwaba and Elizabeth Senwamadi. He also killed five youths, only two of whom could be identified; Ronald Maoka and Emmanuel Mavuka. Sidyno assaulted and strangled his victims before re-clothing them and covering their bodies with brush. He was noted for removing his victims shoes and placing them neatly next to their bodies.
On 30 August 2000, Sidyno was convicted of the seven murders. He was sentenced by Judge Johan van der Westhuizen on 5 September 2000 to seven life terms with a recommended 40 years in jail before he could be paroled. The judge said an expert on serial killers had described Sidyno as a psychopathic, sadistic sexual murderer, adding that Sidyno could therefore not be rehabilitated.