Ex-employee claims he shot farmer by accident

2011-05-13 00:00

A FORMER employee of slain New Hanover farmer Radash Anandlall claimed in the Pietermaritzburg high court yesterday that he shot the farmer accidentally, after an altercation at Thorn Ridge farm on the night of September 3, 2010.

Jabulani Ngubane (35) indicated he was prepared to plead guilty to charges of culpable homicide and the theft of Anandlall’s firearm, a pellet gun, telescope and a pair of handcuffs arising from the shooting, but the state did not accept the plea.

Pretty-Girl Ngcobo told Judge Kate Pillay and assessors that the prosecution maintains Ngubane shot Anandlall intentionally and unlawfully and was guilty of murder.

Anandlall was allegedly shot three times during the incident and died at the scene as a result of gunshot wounds to the skull and brain.

Family of the murder victim became emotional while listening to Ngubane’s testimony about the events that night.

He said he went to the farm to visit a friend who owed him some money. Ngubane said he had remained on good terms with Anandlall and was allowed onto the farm to obtain water.

He also sometimes came there to visit his friend and watch television.

While he was leaving the farm around 8.30 pm he noticed Anandlall “peeping” through his window and the farmer asked who was there.

“I reported it was me and he said what do I want … He told me he does not want me there.”

Ngubane said he asked Anandlall what his problem was and he responded by “clouting” him with an open hand on his cheek.

He told the court that an altercation broke out during which Anandlall threatened to shoot him.

He alleged the farmer pulled out his firearm, cocked it and then hit him on his head with the butt of the gun.

“I was bleeding profusely and my whole face was covered with blood,” he said.

They then started “fighting” for possession of the gun and a shot went off.

Ngubane said he pushed Anandlall into an iron fence surrounding the verandah and the farmer fell to the floor. He saw his hand reach for the gun and he [Ngubane] picked it up.

“After grabbing the firearm … I looked at it and then two shots were fired one after the other … by mistake I touched the trigger and it went off twice,” he said.

Ngubane said he fled, but decided to go back to retrieve the firearm as he was afraid Anandlall might “wake up”. On his return, he did not check on Anandlall’s condition.

The case is proceeding.

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