Men sentenced for murder, robbery

2016-03-03 06:00

Jean-Pierre Haggard (25) and Riaan Marais (27) were each sentenced to life imprisonment plus an additional 10 years in the Ramsgate Circuit Court on Thursday after being convicted for the murder and robbery of Pradeeb Mahabeer in Marburg, Port Shepstone in July last year.

The victim and accused were known to each other and lived in the same area.

Marais harboured a grudge against Mahabeer and enlisted the assistance of Haggard to approach the victim and ask why he was causing these problems.

The accused and the victim were together when Haggard held him down while Marais stabbed him several times in the chest.

They stole several items including Mahabeer’s cellphone, video camera, CCTV camera, glucose level tester and TV, fleeing in a car belonging to the deceased.

They dumped the body of the deceased in Umkomaas.

During the trial both accused denied the murder, however, upon conviction they told the court they wanted to give an account of what happened.

Haggard had told his co-accused he would like to see a person dying. Marais suggested that the person be Mahabeer as he (Marais) had a vendetta against him.

They then went to Mahabeer’s home and killed him.

According to the accused the above submissions were made to give closure to the family of the deceased.

In aggravation of sentence, Advocate Van Heerden presented a victim impact statement compiled by Mahabeer’s siblings and facilitated by court preparation officer Louann Shuttleworth.

Family members explained how the murder of their brother had affected their lives.

Each accused was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment for theft and life for murder.

“We welcome the sentence and find it appropriate given the circumstances. Justice has indeed been served,” said KZN director of public prosecutions, Advocate Moipone Noko. - Supplied.

Marais harboured a grudge against Mahabeer and
enlisted the assistance of Haggard to approach the victim and ask why he was causing these problems

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