Man guilty of Trompsburg farm murder

2013-05-07 12:57
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Bloemfontein - A Trompsburg man was found guilty by the Free State High Court on Tuesday of murdering a local farmer and his wife.

The court found that the State had proved its case against Nkululeko Mvumvu, 26, of Trompsburg, for murdering Johannes Fourie, 71, and his wife Cecilia, 72, on their farm Knoppe on Sunday, 9 September 2012.

Judge Albert Kruger acquitted his co-accused, farmworker Phineas Mothibi, 29, on all five charges.

The couple was assaulted with an axe and spade and shot, after attending church and a braai with their children in town on the day.

Neighbouring farmers and police found them dead after they missed a security call on a rural security radio network later in the day.

Kruger found that Mvumvu was implicated by various factors, even though no fingerprints were found.

Earlier, a third accused, Moeketsi Hlaasa, also from Trompsburg, pleaded guilty to the killing and housebreaking charges. He was sentenced to two life terms. His case was separate from the other two men.
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