Farm murders: Trial adjourned after accused hires new attorney

2012-03-27 00:00

THE trial of Mzwandile Magubane (21) who is charged with the farm murders of Lorraine Karg, Hilda Linyane and Shayi Zakius Mhlongo, was adjourned yesterday after he hired a new attorney.

Magubane indicated last week that he was not satisfied with legal aid-appointed attorney Chetna Singh, and said his family was prepared to pay for a private defence attorney.

Yesterday attorney Kabir Thulsiee confirmed that his services have been retained by Magubane’s family for the remainder of the trial.

He also confirmed that he had been paid for the duration of the case, which has been set down to run from July 16 to 27.

Acting Judge M.T. Ncube granted the postponment to enable Thulsiee to obtain a transcript of the evidence in order to pick up the defence case where Singh left off.

Magubane has pleaded not guilty to three counts of murder, attempted robbery and robbery with aggravating circumstances as well two counts of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

He maintains he was at Eshowe at the time of the alleged offences.

The court has heard evidence that Lorraine Karg and her former gardener, Mhlongo, both bled to death after their throats were cut.

Domestic worker Hilda Linyane was shot in the chest when they were attacked by intruders at Sherwood Farm, Mooi River, on the night of July 21, 2010.

The state alleges the occupants of the house had earlier been lured away to fight a fire that was deliberately set in the veld.

The victims were slain after arriving back home unexpectedly to fetch equipment to fight the fire.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.