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Man guilty of double murder

2012-05-08 22:39

Pretoria - A man was convicted in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday of murdering his former employers on their farm.

Judge Cynthia Pretorius found Akona Innocent Gini, 30, guilty of killing dairy farmer Johannes van den Bosch, 63, and his wife Jacobi, 60, on their farm at Mooiplaats, east of Pretoria in April 2009.

Gini was also convicted on a charge of robbery with aggravating circumstances for robbing the couple of their cellphones and a set of keys.

Gini's trial started afresh after the previous trial judge, Judge Belinda Molamo, died in August last year.

Gini previously worked for the couple, but was fired six months before their murder, following a burglary at the farm.

The Van den Bosches, who had 12 children and 27 grandchildren, moved to South Africa in 1982 to run a dairy farm. Their son Wim, who still lives on the farm, discovered their bodies.

Van den Bosch was bludgeoned to death while tending to calves in the dairy on his farm. His wife died inside their home after being stabbed several times.

Cellphone records led police to an address in Witbank, where they found Gini's wife, Violet, in possession of Johannes van den Bosch's cellphone, with a different simcard inside.

Violet Gini gave police information leading to her husband's arrest in a squatter camp near Witbank. He had Jacobi van den Bosch's cellphone in his pocket at the time of his arrest.

Gini later pointed out the scene of the crime to the police.

Rights

In court he claimed police had never explained his right to silence and had assaulted him. Gini denied the pointing out and that he had said anything to the police.

Pretorius found that his rights had been explained to him, he was not coerced in any way and that the pointing out had been free and voluntary.

She also rejected Gini's claim that he had an alibi for the murders, because this claim was made during cross-examination for the first time and was not supported by his wife or any other witness.

Pretorius described Gini as a dishonest, untruthful and evasive witness who had changed his evidence to suit the facts.

Although there was only circumstantial evidence linking Gini to the murders, his alibi could not be entertained seriously and there was no other reasonable conclusion but that Gini had committed the crimes.

Van den Bosch's son Wim, who attended with three of his brothers and a sister, told reporters the murders had paralysed him and left him feeling totally helpless.

He still relived, in the finest details, finding his parents' bodies every day of his life and felt no therapist could adequately empathise with his position.

"He must definitely serve out his punishment... There's no reason for me to ever look him in the eyes again," he said.

The trial was postponed to June 4 for further police evidence, after Gini refused to admit to his four previous convictions for housebreaking.

Comments
  • Hitro Dive - 2012-05-08 23:28

    What do you expect? Treating your employers like trash.

      bernard.ingram - 2012-05-09 04:33

      You are a lost case HD.

      John - 2012-05-09 04:56

      @Hitro Dive. "What do you expect? Treating your employers like trash." Hmmm, I see that EC education left you behind as well. You are so hell bent on spewing your racist comment that you forgot to edit it, moron troll.

      Robin - 2012-05-09 06:41

      What rubbish! Send this low life rubbish to jail and throw away the key.

      leigh.ridgway - 2012-05-09 08:19

      Hitro Dive - You were born and bred in Australia! What the hell do you know about farm murders here in South Africa!?! Keep your pathetic inconsequential comments to yourself, you are ignorant beyond words and it shows!

      Msika - 2012-05-09 08:20

      So the farm is broken into, the victims suspect this guy and fire him on the spot(most likely without his pay), he feels humiliated and get angry because he did not commit the buglary, he then feels the need to pay revenge. He returns to the farm a couple of days later and commit this hate crime.

      Carla - 2012-05-09 08:43

      @Msika - it seems you overlooked the part in the article which refers to his 4 previous convictions for housebreaking. No where in the story does it indicate that he said he was badly treated by his employers. Don't make assumptions and pass judgment on an ELDERLY couple. If he had wanted "revenge", he could have tied them up and helped himself to their belongings without murdering them.

  • Hitro Dive - 2012-05-08 23:30

    die poppe sal dans!

      John - 2012-05-09 05:03

      coconut

      Wimpy - 2012-05-09 07:28

      jou ma se pop

  • africanwolf - 2012-05-08 23:41

    Hang the bastard!!!

  • songezo.kilani - 2012-05-09 01:38

    This is so sad, a family killed, ths is were i feel we need 2 unite as a country, bastards lyk this dnt belong in jail, they should be burnt alive. If this guy was white and killed a black family this wud hv been news of da decade, our media n goverment r a disgrace to say the list.

      Angelica - 2012-05-09 13:48

      i agree Songezo i think we must all stand together and its an eye for an eye! i say bring back the death penalty! and if government wont then the people will take it into their own hands!!

  • Glenn - 2012-05-09 01:42

    Two fake profiles (HD and ModiM) hoping to get a reaction. Must be hard to have a meaningless life....

      Glenn - 2012-05-09 01:44

      ModiM - probably Michael Rasebotja who seems to be 2 years old

  • Koos - 2012-05-09 02:50

    'refused to admit to his four previous convictions' Why does have to admit anything? He was convicted wasn't he? He will get a zoomer pardon soon.

      Barefoot - 2012-05-09 05:15

      They want to know whether he is a repeat offender or not for appropriate sentencing, by the way Zuma did not pardon anyone only a remission that applied only to none violent offenders

      Koos - 2012-05-09 06:31

      F.ing hell. Four convictions and they still need to figure out if he is a repeat offender????? Believe zoomer at your own peril.

  • Raj - 2012-05-09 06:05

    Killing two people is not showing any feelings at all. He has forgotten that these were the people that once gave him employment. How much more ungrateful can a person be. Greed set in when he started committing the burglaries. Even though giving him a life sentence is not going to bring back the lives lost, the family will feel a bit of closure with this case. What a pity the death penalty was scrapped?

      Koos - 2012-05-09 06:33

      Swinging from a lamppost would give better closure.

  • Paseka Gaoagoe - 2012-05-09 06:49

    let him(Gini) rot in jail. we r better off without such heartless monsters.

  • Itu Santino Cortez - 2012-05-09 07:01

    Judge : \ Innocent i find you Guilty for murder \

      Marion - 2012-05-09 08:31

      A guy once bought a low cost item at my hubby's shop. He told us he was buying the item for his brother, Innocent. I even cracked a joke about it with him. Then he passed a fake R200 over the counter!

  • veritas.odium.paret - 2012-05-09 07:03

    Judge: I find the defendant, Akona Innocent.... \r\n>>Prosecution and Audience: WTF! \r\nJudge: ...Innocent GINI, guilty as charged!

  • Martin - 2012-05-09 07:31

    hahahaha innocent is guilty

  • Paco - 2012-05-09 12:15

    ol ET paid his workers R100 a week and then still tried to penetrate them on top of that so the boere are also not totally innocent in these heinous crimes

  • Angelica - 2012-05-09 13:44

    hang the ba@#$&d!!! bring back the death penalty!

  • Maria - 2012-05-10 12:36

    @Hitro Dive - Please people let's learn not to make silly comments especially when there is death involved because (you) we hurting the family most and you don't know what's gonna happen to you tommorrow

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