2nd suspect guilty of killing KZN farmer

2014-03-28 07:19

Pietermaritzburg - A second man was convicted of killing Eston sugarcane farmer Micky Hampson in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermartitzburg on Thursday.

Jabulani Ngobese, 28, was found guilty of the murder of Micky Hampson, 68, and the attempted murder of his son Murray Hampson, 34.

Ngobese had pleaded not guilty to murder, attempted murder and aggravated robbery while his companion, Siboniso Mtolo, 25, who admitted the crimes, was jailed for life by Judge Isaac Madondo in the same court on 14 March.

Judge Louis Barnard convicted Ngobese and said he and Mtolo admitted that they trespassed on the farm in order to steal a vehicle.

The incident occurred during the day in September 2013.

Farm workers and the Hampsons saw them walking on their farm.


Both had knives which, Barnard said, showed that they were prepared to use them had they encountered opposition.

The Hampsons asked what they were doing on the farm and made them get on to their bakkie because there had been a burglary on a neighbour's farm.

They intended to hand them to the police to make investigations.

Murray Hampson, armed with a shotgun, sat in the bin of the bakkie with the intruders. After a fracas the gun was taken from Murray and Mtolo pointed it at Murray who was on the ground.

Murray said he saw Mtolo's finger squeezing the trigger but was saved because the safety catch was on.

Murray said during the struggle Ngobese tried to stab him but the knife blade passed between his side and his arm.

Mtolo pursued Micky Hampson who was driving away and shot him at point-blank range. He died sitting at the steering wheel.

Murray ran into the sugarcane field as he thought that Mtolo would also shoot him.

Ngobese's lawyer Maken Raycumar told the court that Ngobese played a lesser role in the crime than Mtolo did.

Raycumar asked Barnard to find substantial and compelling circumstances for a more lenient sentence for Ngobese.

  • Sabeer Mahomed - 2014-03-28 07:43

    Sharia law and their heads would have been ripped off their necks by now but alas a demonic constitution

      Hayley Griesel - 2014-03-28 08:32

      I'm by no means a Muslim but sometimes I do think that a hard line approach like Sharia law would help sort out our crime problem. The problem is that in this country the criminals have more rights than their victims.

  • Francios Le Roux - 2014-03-28 07:44

    Shoot the defence lawyer!!!

      Bheki Dladla - 2014-03-28 08:09

      no no no the defence is just doing their job and im pretty sure they don't like it

      Hayley Griesel - 2014-03-28 08:38

      The defence lawyer is only doing his/her job. If the punishment is to be fair then the accused has to get a fair trial as well and for that they need defence lawyers. Unless you all feel that the first person on the scene should be punished whether they are guilty or not!

  • sesom - 2014-03-28 07:46


      Jimmy Don - 2014-03-28 08:10

      These murderous things cannot be classified as MEN.

  • Peter William - 2014-03-28 08:11

    Mahomed with all due respect, please we never want Sharia Law in this country. Burying people to their neck in earth, stoning them to death. Women lose their identity, children married off as young girls anf sso it goes on & on & on.

      Sabeer Mahomed - 2014-03-28 08:18

      Quite a bit of lies spewed out there Peter

  • Derrick Patterson - 2014-03-28 08:36

    Bring back the death penalty, relax firearm laws and reinstate the Kommando system. All murderers and rapists should be put to death publicly or sent to Marion Island to freeze to death. Thieves should lose their hands and domestic violence offenders should be put to death after the third offence. Legalize all drugs and prostitution and let capitalism weed out pimps and drug dealers/cartels.

  • Wiekus Andrew Kotze - 2014-03-28 08:49

    Lancaster resolutions and the land.!!!

  • Andre Jansen Van Vuuren - 2014-03-28 08:50

    Remove these types from society so we can build a country we all can love!

  • Ria Cook - 2014-03-28 09:29

    "Raycumar asked Barnard to find substantial and compelling circumstances for a more lenient sentence for Ngobese." Lock this Raycumar idiot up, he's a danger to society.

  • Phil Hair - 2014-03-28 10:43

    I vote for the rope!!!

  • Ricky Singh - 2014-03-28 12:50

    Do we not understand when you shoot a farmer you take away from the "bread basket of this nation" the one set of people that intentionally put food on our tables.This massacre of farmers has got to stop for we do not want their extinction and for SA to become a net importer of anything we should be getting locally.They are one of SA's greatest assets we need to preserve and protect from these barbarous common criminals who are so ruthless and merciless.

  • Israel Jonathan - 2014-03-28 16:06

    Now sentence the dumbest to solitary

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