Life for Karg killer

2012-07-28 00:00

SENTENCING Mzwandile Magubane (23) to three life terms plus 23 years jail for murdering farmer’s wife Lorraine Karg (56), Hilda Linyane (46) and Zakius Mhlongo (75), a high court judge told him he and his companions behaved in a brutal and cruel manner.

The murders of the victims, who were unarmed and defenceless at the time, were senseless and unnecessary.

The motive was robbery. Acting high court judge Muzi Ncube said the court had a duty to send a clear message that attacks of this nature on innocent people — particularly the farming community — will not be tolerated.

He told Magubane the viciousness of his deeds ruled out the suggestion that his actions were prompted by immaturity.

The fact that he had earned R6 000 per month as a self-employed builder and supported two children prior to his arrest also displayed “maturity and responsibility” beyond his age.

The judge said the evidence revealed that Magubane and his brother-in-law, Colin Maphalala (who was shot dead by police), were responsible for cutting Karg’s throat. They had accosted her after she had retreated from the house where she interrupted the robbers, jumped on top of her and killed her.

It was clear she had offered no resistance.

According to his statement during a pointing out to police, Magubane also described how he had first stabbed, and then on the instruction of Maphalala, “finished off” Mhlongo by cutting his throat.

Linyane, who had complied with an instruction to lie down on the floor of the laundry, was shot “for no reason whatsoever” while lying on her stomach.

After being shot, she was kicked until she was silent. The post-mortems showed that Karg bled to death and that it took between 15 and 20 minutes for her to die a painful death. The right side of her neck had been cut through the muscle and arteries.

Mhlongo’s neck was cut right across from the left to the right side, severing the carotid arteries and jugular veins.

It would have taken five to eight minutes for him to die, also by bleeding to death.

Neville Karg said afterwards the family was grateful that at least one of the killers stood trial. They are still devastated by the release of Nhlanhla Dladla after another alleged accomplice, Velaphi Magubane, who is Magubane’s biological brother, failed to testify for the state.

Magubane is also facing a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm in Mooi River in connection with the incident.

Koos Marais of the KZN Agricultural Union’s security desk said the sentences would help to restore the community’s confidence in the justice system.

His organisation was extremely appreciative of the “tireless effort” by Lieutenant- Colonel Pete Scott and his team of the organised crime unit who solved the case.

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