Free State killers jailed for life

2013-02-07 15:35
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Bloemfontein - Three men were jailed for life by the Bloemfontein High Court on Thursday for the killing of a Free State farmer, police said.

Hendrick van Schalkwyk and Rodger Siyale were sentenced to life for murder and 15 years for robbery with aggravating circumstances, spokesperson Fikiswa Matoti said.

A third man, Gilford Mahlakamatsa, 40, also received a life sentence for murder, 15 years for robbery with aggravating circumstances, and another 15 years for possession of an unlicensed firearm.

The men shot farmer Thomas Ferreira co-owner of Tom’s Place resort south of Bloemfontein, twice in the chest during a robbery.

They then tied him up.

The murder was committed on his farm Riversford at Tierpoort, near Tom’s Place, on 27 November 2011.

Ferreira died while seeking help from neighbours.

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