Farm murder: killer jailed for 20 years

2011-05-18 00:00

THE killer of New Hanover farmer Radash Anandlal, who was shot three times on his farm Thorn Ridge on the night of September 3 last year, was sentenced to an effective 20 years’ jail in the high court in Pietermaritzburg yesterday.

Judge Kate Pillay said expert evidence had refuted the version of the accused, Jabulani Ngubane (36), that he had “accidentally” fired the two fatal shots that struck the farmer in the head.

Ngubane was a former employee on the farm who, despite having left his job, had been permitted to enter the farm in order to get water.

The judge said things went “horribly wrong” on the night in question when Ngubane entered the farm when “clearly there was no need for him to be there at that time”.

“Understandably the deceased [Anandlal] was not happy and voiced his displeasure. On the accused’s version, the deceased became annoyed and slapped him whereafter he pulled out his firearm and hit the accused on the head, causing a two centimetre laceration.”

The judge said the altercation had “unfortunate consequences”.

During an ensuing struggle Anandlal fell down and so did his firearm, a shot going off during the struggle.

Ngubane then got hold of the firearm and shot Anandlal “not once, but twice” in the head. Afterwards he stole the firearm, a telescope and handcuffs.

The judge said that besides the gunshot wounds there was medical evidence that the farmer also sustained two “severe blunt force trauma” injuries which fractured his skull.

She said Ngubane had downplayed his role in the murder, which raised the question of whether his contrition for the killing was genuine.

She also took into account that Anandlal’s family was “severely traumatised” by his death as evidenced by a psychological report.

Pillay said she accepted in Ngubane’s favour that he might have been provoked.

However, Anandlal’s killing had been “senseless and unnecessary”.

She said Anandlal posed no threat to Ngubane once the firearm was in his hand, yet he chose to “brutally and savagely” take the farmer’s life.

“This kind of violence cannot be tolerated. Courts have to protect society by imposing appropriate sentences,” she said.

Anandlal’s ex-wife, Sudashna Anandlal, told The Witness after sentencing that despite the judge’s remarks she does not feel that justice has been done.

“As far as I am concerned, the only justice would have been the death penalty,” she said.

 

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