‘My Brother confessed’

2014-08-12 00:00

A MAN on trial for murdering farm sitter Ian Fellows (74) confessed all the details of how he shot a “white person” on an Underberg farm to his brother.

This evidence was led in the high court yesterday.

“He told me that on his arrival there, he found the farmer had gone to the dairy. He then waited for him to return … Upon the farmer returning from milking the cows, the accused told me that he was already waiting for him inside the house.”

This testimony was given by Siyabonga Mtolo at the trial where his brother, Mthokozisi Mtolo (21), is charged with the murder and robbery of Fellows on November 23, 2013.

Mthokozisi has denied any involvement in killing the farm sitter.

However, he pleaded guilty before Acting Judge Sibusiso Mngomezulu and an assessor to unlawful possession of a 9 mm pistol, which was the alleged murder weapon, as well as a 16-bore shotgun and ammunition for both firearms.

He told the court in a statement that on the day in question in Bulwer, he had come across a vehicle that had crashed.

“The driver’s door was wide open and I went there to assist … When I noticed that there was no-one in the car, I then removed some items that were in the car,” he said.

These included the firearms, he said.

He denied ever telling his brother he’d killed a white person on a farm. To this Siyabonga replied: “He can deny it but that is what he said.”

He said the conversation happened a day after the alleged murder.

According to his evidence, Mthokozisi described how he had pointed a gun at the white person lying on the ground and told him he wanted money. The man gave him R100.

He had tied the victim’s hands behind his back with a piece of cloth. When the man tried to “grab” him when he walked past, he shot him.

Mtolo said his brother also claimed to have “poked” the victim’s eyes with a knife so that he could not be “seen” as the shooter.

The Witness was told that there is no evidence that Fellows’s eyes were in fact mutilated. According to the post mortem report, the cause of death is a “gunshot wound to the chest”.

According to Siyabonga, his brother told him he had loaded goods into a vehicle. En route towards Pietermaritzburg at a crossroads, he crashed into a signboard.

Some “boys” allegedly pretended to help him push the vehicle, but instead tried to steal some of the goods inside.

Mthokozisi had said he “fired some shots”, which scared them away.

The case is proceeding.

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