Farm raid: teen gets 15 years

2009-07-20 00:00

TWO years after a 79-year-old Cedarville farmer, David Southey, survived a brutal attack and robbery during which he was stabbed several times, gagged, bound with barbed wire and left to suffer in icy temperatures at his farm, Winterfold, the third and last of his attackers has been brought to book.

Fusi Booi (19), who was 17 when he participated in the crimes, this week pleaded guilty to robbery with aggravating circumstances and kidnapping before Judge Anton van Zyl and was sentenced to an effective 15 years’ imprisonment. The judge ordered that he may not be considered for parole until he has served eight years of the sentence.

Booi’s co-perpetrators — his cousin Letsitsi Tamo and Nkosinathi Mgobozi, who were both 22 at the time of the offences — were convicted and given effective 30-year jail sentences by the high court at Ramsgate previously. They were convicted on additional charges of possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

Booi received a lesser sentence on the robbery charge than the other two, because Judge van Zyl said he had been the youngest, did not personally commit the acts of “gratuitous violence” on Southey and pleaded guilty.

A medical report submitted in the case notes that Dr John Biggs, who examined Southey, concluded that the severity and nature of his injuries were “consistent with intent of killing the victim in a violent and inhumane way, of prolonged exposure to elements and slow death by bleeding”.

In his guilty plea, Booi said he was asked by his cousin to assist with the robbery for payment of R10 000.

State advocate Denardo MacDonald said of the seven firearms that were stolen, only six were recovered during a shoot-out with police, and Southey’s stolen Isuzu bakkie was returned to its owner in a “bullet-ridden” state.

Stolen jewellery included a brooch valued at R60 000, which has never been recovered. It was reputedly sold for R120.

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