State closes its case in Lindley murder trial

2011-06-02 10:46

The state today closed its case against six men accused of killing the Potgieter family on their Lindley farm in the Free State in December 2010.

The case investigator, Warrant Officer Danie Bierman, finished his testimony as the state’s last witness, while the defence representatives of the six men finished their cross-examination.

The defence counsel of accused number 2, Klaas Mofokeng, wanted to know from Bierman if he gave his full support to police.

Mofokeng and five other men, aged between 18 and 33, are accused of killing farmer Attie Potgieter, his wife Wilna and their two-year-old daughter, Wilmien, on December 1 2010.

His defence counsel, Lawrence Tshabalala, told Bierman that Mofokeng would deny that he had any part in the plot.
Bierman answered that Mofokeng knew of the attack a week before and he could have prevented it.

Accused number 1, Stemmer Mofokeng, started to give testimony in his defence.

Stemmer told the court that several months before the attack, accused number 3, Paulos Khumalo, visited him and talked about robbing the Potgieter family.

He also testified that on the day of the attack he saw men walking to the farmhouse.

At a later stage, he saw Attie Potgieter running towards the barn being chased by accused number 4, Tshekolo Lelala, who had a panga.

Stemmer testified that he saw that Attie was too strong for Lelala and that he wrestled him to the ground.

However, accused number 5, Telleko Seekoie, arrived and started to stab the farmer in the back with something that looked like a knife.

The trial will continue after a tea break. 

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