Youth guilty of farm murder

2009-09-11 00:00

THE state has called for life imprisonment to be imposed on the killer of a Mooi River man, Dwight Jackson, who was stabbed to death for whatever money he had in his pockets on November 21 last year.

Jackson, who lived on a farm in the Mooi River area, but who was a builder by trade, was attacked while walking to his home at Riversdale.

High court Judge Achmat Jappie with two assessors yesterday accepted the evidence of a 17-year-old eyewitness who identified murder accused Siyabonga Richard Ndawonde (20) of Springfield farm as Jackson’s assailant.

The youth told Judge Jappie that he went in search of Jackson because he owed him wages, and then saw him approaching in the company of Ndawonde.

He waited for them and when they reached him he spoke to Jackson.

Moments later, Ndawonde grabbed Jackson by his shirt, hit him twice with his fist and then stabbed him in the neck in a downward movement. As Jackson lay on the ground Ndawonde rifled his pockets for money.

Two of the youth’s friends were among a group who chased Ndawonde after being alerted about the stabbing, the court heard.

Ndawonde claimed in his evidence that he had been stoned by a group of youngsters for no apparent reason, but managed to evade them. Shortly thereafter he was arrested by police.

He denied involvement in the murder and robbery of Jackson.

Ndawonde’s attorney, Kelvin Singh, yesterday urged Judge Jappie to impose a less severe sentence than life imprisonment on Ndawonde, who was only 19 years old at the time of the murder and robbery. He submitted that there is a good chance that Ndawonde can be rehabilitated.

State advocate Pretty-Girl Ngcobo argued, however, that because Ndawonde did not admit any wrongdoing, the prospects for his rehabilitation are not good. She urged the court to impose the prescribed minimum sentence of life imprisonment.

Sentencing is today.

ingrido@witness.co.za

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