Boy says he saw farmer’s stabbing

2009-09-09 00:00

A 17-YEAR-OLD boy gave evidence in the high court in Pietermaritzburg yesterday describing how Mooi River farmer Dwight Jackson was stabbed to death and his pockets were rifled on November 21 last year.

The incident took place near Riversdale in the Mooi River district where Jackson lived.

On trial for his murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances is Siyabonga Richard Ndawonde (20) of Springfield farm, Mooi River. He pleaded not guilty and his legal aid lawyer, Kelvin Singh, read a statement in which Ndawonde said he was walking along the road near the N3 when a group of youths started throwing stones at him. He fled and was fortunate not to have been hurt.

Ndawonde said he continued to walk home, but as he got close, he was arrested by police.

He alleges he was taken to Mooi River police station where he was assaulted to the extent that he suffered visible injuries.

However, a boy who claimed he witnessed the murder of Jackson, told Judge Achmat Jappie and two assessors that he had gone looking for Jackson, who owed him wages.

He saw him approaching along the road with the accused and they had their arms round one another.

He waited for Jackson to come up to him and spoke to him. Moments later he alleges Ndawonde grabbed Jackson by his shirt, struck him twice with his clenched fist and then drew a knife and stabbed him between the neck and shoulder. “He stabbed in a downward motion,” the teenager testified.

He said while doing so Ndawonde demanded money. After Jackson fell to the ground, Ndawonde put his hands in Jackson’s pockets and took money.

The youth said he ran to tell Jackson’s wife what had happened and also reported the stabbing to some of his friends who chased after Ndawonde. The police were called.

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