Eston two acquitted of murder

2007-11-13 00:00

Two members of an Eston farm protection unit were yesterday acquitted of the murder of a suspected poacher in July, but one has been convicted of assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm.

The Scottburgh High Court acquitted Lance Muller (34) and Shain Redgard (21) on the charge of murdering 57-year-old Bonginkosi Dlamini on July 24. Redgard will be back in court on December 10 to be sentenced.

The state alleged that Dlamini was assaulted and his two dogs shot after he was allegedly caught hunting illegally on Kanga Farm in the Mid-Illovo district. He died at home, a few days after being discharged from hospital.

The defence had argued that the exact cause of death was uncertain, so the men were not guilty of murder. The post mortem showed that the causes of death were pneumonia, brain damage and gastro-enteritis.

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