Trompsburg farm murder trial continues

2013-05-02 14:20
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Bloemfontein - The cross-examination of convicted Trompsburg farm murderer Moeketsi Hlaasa continued in the Free State High Court in Bloemfontein, on Thursday.

Hlaasa pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two life imprisonment terms for the murders of Johannes Fourie, 71, and his wife Cecilia, 72, on the farm Knoppe on 9 September last year.

Earlier this week he testified as a State witness in the murder trial of his alleged accomplices Nkululeko Mvumvu, 26, of Trompsburg, and Phineas Mothibi, 29, of the farm Knoppe.

The Fourie couple were assaulted and killed on their farm after a Sunday church gathering and braai with their children in Trompsburg.

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

They had been shot and assaulted with an axe and a spade.

Dawie Reyneke, for Mvumvu, questioned Hlaasa on the differences in three statements he made to police.

Hlaasa testified he told police what happened on the farm on the day of the murders.

He said the police officers, who took the statements, should be questioned on the differences.

Hlaasa refuted Reyneke's statement that he changed his story as time went by.

“You try to put accused [number] two [Mvumvu] in deeper trouble in this court,” said Reyneke.

Hlaasa answered: “He knows in his heart he was there.”

The case continues.

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