Thought of killer ‘makes me sick’

2014-07-30 00:00

GRIEVING son Stefan Schutte wiped away tears yesterday when describing the effects of the murders of his parents and brother in March this year.

Schutte, who found their bodies at the Richmond farm where the attack took place, told Acting Judge Louis Barnard emotionally he feels “weak and tearful”.

“Just thinking about my dad, mom and brother is tearful,” said Schutte reading from a victim impact statement he prepared for the court relating to the murders of his father Ekard (76), his mother Elizabeth (66) and brother Lutz (33) in March.

All three died of multiple stab wounds and cut throats.

“The shock and disbelief they had to endure in their last living moments of their lives is now living with me every day. I feel deeply saddened by what my dad, mom and brother had to experience,” said Schutte.

The three killers — one of whom worked for Stefan Schutte and his father — are to be sentenced today.

Zamo Maduna (19), Siphesihle Ngubane (20) and Lindokuhle Khoza (18) pleaded guilty.

Richmond farmer Ekard Schutte was killed first after being lured to an outbuilding on a pretext that the killers wanted to buy planks of wood from him a day before his birthday.

The trio thereafter lay in wait for Elizabeth who had gone to the airport to meet their son, Lutz, who’d flown in from Germany for his father’s birthday celebration.

When mother and son entered the house they too were overpowered by the killers and killed in turn.

The bodies of all three victims were doused with petrol and set alight before the killers fled.

Schutte said his life has been destroyed and his health has suffered. He is on medication and spent time in a psychiatric hospital after the incident.

“ I cannot understand how life can be so cruel … I find it extremely difficult to return to the scene every day as this is where I work from,” he said.

He said in two months he ran up more medical bills than in three years previously.

“I hope and pray that I will never have to see the living faces of Zamo and his friends ever again. I cannot think of a single thing that will ease my pain and anger. Just thinking about Zamo raises my heartbeat and nervousness,” he said referring to his former employee.

The family business, which supports 18 families, stands a strong chance of closing down.

Defence advocate Zina Anastasiou asked the court to show mercy when sentencing the accused as they all pleaded guilty, showed remorse and are young.

State advocate Candy Kander submitted they should be sentenced to life imprisonment.

Koos Marais of the Kwanalu security desk testified that since 2001 to date, 129 farm murders were recorded in 840 attacks in the province.


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