Victim has no memory of fatal attack on Ixopo farmer

2014-05-09 00:00

A VICTIM of an attack in which Ixopo farmer Peter Hackland (61) was shot dead on May 7 last year, Margaret Fennell (70), said she has no memory of what happened to her during the incident.

Fennell, who was working in an office on Hackland’s citrus and timber farm when the attack happened, said she was having lunch when the attackers struck.

“The next memory I have is when I was on my bed at home and friends were swabbing my face to get rid of pepper spray,” she told Acting Judge Thoba Poyo-Dlwati and an assessor yesterday.

She said her jaw was extremely sore.

Hackland’s daughter, Louise Hartwig, told the court in her evidence that she and Fennell were assaulted by one of the two men standing trial for her father’s murder and robbery, Sifiso Ngubane.

She told the court Ngubane had grabbed her and forced her into the house. When Fennell appeared, he got hold of her too and dragged both of them to the pantry where he pushed them to the floor, repeatedly demanding money.

According to Hartwig, at one point Fennell had started singing a hymn, causing Ngubane to “hit her really hard”. He then took a pepper spray and sprayed her in her eyes. Hartwig averted her eyes, and was only partially sprayed. He later also sprayed pepper spray into her 84-year-old grandmother’s face, she said.

Hartwig identified Ngubane and his co-accused, Nkosinathi Mngadi (29) as the men who attacked them on the farm that day. Mngadi was armed with a gun and played a “type of Russian Roulette” with her and her father whilst demanding money.

The case is proceeding.

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