Killers lay in wait

2013-08-26 00:00

AFTER raiding the house of Newcastle cattle farmer Timothy Green (44) and taking his shotgun while he was out on August 11, his killers then waited to ambush and rob him.

They shot him with his own gun as he arrived at the gate.

This evidence emerged from a statement by one of the killers, Thulani Kubheka (25), who was jailed for life plus 15 years’ imprisonment by Judge Philip Nkosi at Madadeni this week.

Kubheka said it was co-perpetrator Lolo Mhlungu who shot Green.

He and Mfanukhona Masiteng and Mhlungu had gone to the farm (Willowford) to rob the farmer because Masiteng said there was money there.

Kubheka said on arrival it was clear the farmer wasn’t there. He was told to keep a look-out while his companions went to break into the premises.

They returned after a time with a firearm they’d stolen and said there was no money in the house.

“We had a discussion that we will wait for the owner … so that we can rob him,” he said.

“After a short while the owner arrived in his vehicle and parked it in front of the gate in order to open it. Lolo Mhlungu started to fire shots at him and I saw the deceased [Green] running away and hiding behind the vehicle.”

He said he and his companions jumped over a fence while Green was still behind his vehicle, went into the premises again and loaded goods into Green’s bakkie.

Kubheka said when they had finished loading the items they saw the headlights of a vehicle approaching and fled.

Judge Nkosi said the crime was inspired by nothing other than greed.

It was clear that the assailants wanted Green’s vehicle to carry away the goods they had stolen, but there was no need to kill the farmer.

They shot him repeatedly with his own firearm.

“You killed a man who was in the prime of his life who was innocent and defenceless. You didn’t have to kill him to rob. Your actions were senseless and you killed him in cold blood.”

He said although Kubheka is a first offender and relatively young this did not outweigh the aggravating factors in the case.

“You had time to reflect and withdraw. You did not because of greed,” he told him.

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