Trompsburg Farm Murder Case

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High Court Judge Albert Kruger started delivering judgment on Tuesday in the trial of two men accused of the Trompsburg farm murders.

Trompsburg farmer Johannes Fourie, 71, and his wife Cecilia, 72, were assaulted and murdered on their farm Knoppe on Sunday, September 9, 2012.

They were killed after attending church and a braai with their children in town.

Neighbouring farmers and police found them dead after they missed a security call on a rural security radio network.

Earlier, one of three accused in the matter, Moeketsi Hlaasa, pleaded guilty to charges of murder and housebreaking.

He was sentenced to two life terms by the Bloemfontein High Court after his case was separated from that of the other two other men, one of whom is his uncle who worked on the farm.

Nkululeko Mvumvu, 26, of Trompsburg, and Phineas Mothibi, 29, of the farm Knoppe, Trompburg, have pleaded no involvement in the murders.

The court was told that Mothibi was not present during the robbery and murders, and that Mvumvu was looking after his sick mother at the time of the alleged crimes.

The case continues.


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Date : 07 May 2013 10:32
 

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Man Guilty of Farm Murders

A Trompsburg man was found guilty by the Bloemfontein High Court on Tuesday of murdering a local farmer and his wife.

The court found that the State had proved its case against Nkululeko Mvumvu, 26, of Trompsburg, for murdering Johannes Fourie, 71, and his wife Cecilia, 72, on their farm Knoppe on Sunday, September 9, 2012.

Judge Albert Kruger acquitted his co-accused, farmworker Phineas Mothibi, 29, on all five charges.

The couple was assaulted with an axe and spade and shot, after attending church and a braai with their children in town on the day.

Neighbouring farmers and police found them dead after they missed a security call on a rural security radio network later in the day.

Kruger found that Mvumvu was implicated by various factors, even though no fingerprints were found.

Earlier, a third accused, Moeketsi Hlaasa, also from Trompsburg, pleaded guilty to the killing and housebreaking charges. He was sentenced to two life terms. His case was separate from the other two men.


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Date : 07 May 2013 11:53
 

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Second Killer gets Life in jail

A second man was sentenced to two life imprisonment terms in the Bloemfontein High Court on Tuesday for killing a Trompsburg farmer and his wife.

Judge Albert Kruger sentenced Nkululeko Mvumvu, 26, of Trompsburg, to one life imprisonment term each for killing Johannes Fourie, 71, and his wife Cecilia, 72, on their farm Knoppe last year.

They were attacked with an axe and spade and shot when they returned to their farm after attending a church service and braai at their children's house in the town on Sunday, September 9, 2012.

Neighbouring farmers and police found their bodies after they missed a security call on a rural security radio network later in the day.

Kruger said the number of wounds on the Fouries indicated they were extensively tortured.

"It is difficult to understand why this was done," said Kruger.

Mvumvu and an accomplice who knew there was a grinder in the shed they could have used to open the safe. The motive for the crime was greed.

The judge found that the nature, severity, and senselessness of the crime overshadowed all mitigating circumstances submitted on Mvumvu's behalf.

Mvumvu was earlier found guilty on all five charges -- two of murder, one of housebreaking to commit robbery with aggravating circumstances, and two charges related to possession of firearms and ammunition.

In a separate trial, Mvumvu's accomplice Moeketsi Hlaasa, also from Trompsburg, was sentenced to two life imprisonment terms for the same crime.

He pleaded guilty to the charges and testified in the trial of Mvumvu and a third accused, Phineas Mothibi, 29.

Kruger acquitted Mothibi, who worked on the farm Knoppe, on all five charges.

Fourie's son, Nicolaas Kruger, who farms in neighbouring Springfontein, shook hands with and spoke to Mothibi after Judge Kruger delivered his judgment.

He told reporters he congratulated Mothibi on his acquittal, and spoke to him as a gesture of goodwill, and to honour the court's decision.

"I thought he was guilty, but after hearing the evidence during the trial he is free and I told him to take care," Nicolaas Kruger said.

He said he hoped Mvumvu would not be allowed to appeal his sentences.


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Date : 07 May 2013 15:45
 

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Must be because the farmer put up a fence, this is why they retaliate you know. It's human nature. It's justifiable. Must be the fence or a trench...
 
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