Winterton farmer’s alleged killers in court

2015-02-11 00:00

SIX men pleaded not guilty in the Pietermaritzburg high court yesterday to the murder of Winterton farmer Mohamed Engar, who died after a savage beating during a robbery on Noodhulp farm in 2013.

It was reported by police after the incident that Engar (67) and others on his property were beaten, stabbed and tortured with a hot iron during the incident on December 5, 2013.

Engar, who ran a milling business on his farm, died in Grey’s Hospital two days later of the injuries he sustained during the assault.

According to the state indictment the cause of his death was a “stabbed left lung and head injury”.

The indictment alleges that an ­employee on the farm, Lebaka Fortunate Tsotetsi was shot in the leg and stomach by the assailants.

Sifiso Mabuza (32), Lindelani Mshali (25), Mbongeleni Nkabinde (25), Bongani Mazibuko (27), Sabelo Ndlovu (32) and Mduduzi Nene (37) all pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges that they murdered Engar, two counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances of Engar, his wife Razia, Aisa Engar, Ahmed Engar, Nonhlanhla Gumede, Gijimani Zwane, Bongumusa Hlongwane and Sizwe Khumalo. They also pleaded not guilty to attempted murder of Tsotetsi, and to other charges of unlawful possession of firearms.

Ndlovu was allegedly found in possession of a 12 guage pump action shotgun that allegedly belonged to Engar.

Another firearm allegedly recovered from Mabuza has been allegedly ballistically linked to a cartridge case found at the scene of the attack, the court was told.

The state will set out to show that fingerprints matching Mabuza and Mtshali were also found on the crime scene.

The case is continuing.

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