Brutal farm murder trial continues

2012-06-04 14:21

Johannesburg - A man, convicted of murdering his former employers on their farm, is expected to appear in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Monday.

The court convicted Akona Innocent Gini, 30, in May this year.

Judge Cynthia Pretorius found Gini guilty of killing dairy farmer Johannes van den Bosch, 63, and his wife Jacobi, 60, on their farm at Mooiplaats, east of Pretoria in April 2009.

Gini was also convicted on a charge of robbery with aggravating circumstances for robbing the couple of their cellphones and a set of keys.

Gini previously worked for the couple, but was fired six months before their murder, following a burglary at the farm.

The Van den Bosches son Wim, who still lives on the farm, discovered their bodies.

Van den Bosch was bludgeoned to death while tending to calves in the dairy on his farm. His wife died inside their home after being stabbed several times.

Police assault claim

Cellphone records led police to an address in Witbank, where they found Gini's wife, Violet, in possession of Johannes van den Bosch's cellphone, with a different SIM card inside.

Violet Gini gave police information leading to her husband's arrest in a squatter camp near Witbank. He had Jacobi van den Bosch's cellphone in his pocket at the time of his arrest.

Gini later pointed out the scene of the crime to the police.

In court he claimed police had never explained his right to silence and had assaulted him. Gini denied the pointing out and that he had said anything to the police.

Pretorius found that his rights had been explained to him, he was not coerced in any way and that the pointing out had been free and voluntary.

The trial was postponed for further police evidence, after Gini refused to admit to his four previous convictions for housebreaking.

  • gee.raaf - 2012-06-04 14:42

    Please, bring back the death penalty...!

      procold2 - 2012-06-04 15:14

      gov should have a refferendum

      rickvcooper - 2012-06-04 15:37

      You cannot bring back the death penalty with a bunch of idiots and criminals in power. They will be incompetent, and/or corrupt. You could end up being put to death by the state for being white. The less power this thieving government has, the better. The more power citizens have to protect themselves from marauders/home-invaders etc. the better.

      Martin - 2012-06-04 15:47

      we must just defend with lethal force, my home has burglar protection, anyone breaching that perimeter is fair game, its the boundary, there are do not enter signs, there is fair warning all around, step over the line and its an attack on me and my family and you gonna need a hearse or fire dept to sweep up the mess...a little rhodesian know how handed down makes my land a dangerous place to be uninvited.

      farmfreund - 2012-06-04 15:50

      click click click...................................................... ............... Boom!!!

      Martin - 2012-06-04 16:27

      Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize: dude im ready to meet my ancestors, but il take a few criminals with me. Im as prepared as anyone can be, its not fool proof, but its something i promise has not been seen by guys younger than 40, they are not expecting half of it, thats where the danger lies. And glorious all will be That with sword in hand will die.I am a little nuts, and a little clever, mix the two and im dodgy as hell when pushed. man i suggest you keep you and your family protected as best you can too, crime sees no colour, i dont know where you stay, but just do your best with what you have at hand, sleep with one eye open, keep yourself 1 step ahead if possible and give back worse than what you get if they come to take from you what is not theirs to take. no fear nor favour. we all in this together, get to know your neighbours, keep radio contact between everyone who is close enough to respond, and respond if the call comes through to you, we are all bigger than this mate, we will win, hands down, but we gonna have to be like men of old, honour and courage, screw race, there is no such thing as race. be there for everyone, no exceptions

      Bless Boswell - 2012-06-04 17:54

      Hey Martin, give us some advice pls. Also want to feel safe. Had a break in a year ago and really don't feel safe.

  • poloyatonkim - 2012-06-04 14:43

    This is evil..

  • Zenzile Tshanda - 2012-06-04 14:43

    can someone explain to me... why was the death sentence abolished in South Africa, somebody pleaseeee! human life has become so cheap in my country. is there a day that goes by without someone being killed.

      Sean - 2012-06-04 15:40

      Simply becaus there is a clause somewhere in the constitution that goes along the lines of "everybody has the right to live". Some or other crap like that is in there and thats one of the main reasons that they abolished it. Hand in hand with this, our useless government have given criminals more rights that legal law abiding citizens. The public have had enough and mark my words, the days of vigilante style justice are coming.

      Martin - 2012-06-04 15:50

      because "men" are afraid to face up to their fate. its not about the rights of the people, its about protecting the political elite from the human rights abuses they commit daily

      jacque.raymer - 2012-06-04 15:51

      because anc will lose alot of votes if the death penalty is brought back.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-06-04 17:52

      Zenzile, the reason the death penalty was abolished is because many of the people in our government have blood on their hands, for which they should be put to death. So, the only way to deal with that is to abolish the death penalty. Remember rape used to carry the death penalty? And now it hardly causes a ripple. What does that say to us - the government is not really interested in making the lives of south Africans safer and better, all they are interested in is living it up at our expense.

  • Carla - 2012-06-04 14:45

    Life behind bars. Heavy labour in a harsh environment would also help. If we have to pay to keep him behind bars, then he might as well fix roads or anything else that needs to be done.

  • nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-04 14:52

    I think abolishing the death penalty is a wonderful and perhaps appropriate sentiment for 1st world countries. For SA it is completely unacceptable not to have the death penalty due to the extreme violent nature of our crime which reveals a total disregard for human life.

  • WitWolf - 2012-06-04 15:06

    Another coward! Attacking and killing senior citizens.... Hang this bastard in public! Oh wait no, it will violate his human right. Right?

      Jaycee Adams - 2012-06-04 16:19

      Witwolf i agree with u um black but it does not make me a black person these people who bring color to it y cant they just say hand de bastard period

      WitWolf - 2012-06-04 16:35

      @ Jaycee Adams, See my comment below Jaycee. I'm not about race. I am about barbaric killers. Nobody said weather the train driver who got raped and killed was white or black. I still condemn bastards like that. They are cowards and the anc is just standing by doing nothing about crime. Isn't it time for everybody to stand together against crime and corruption? Be the persons white, black, Asian, Indian or whatever race. Killers are killers and they DO NOT deserve a human right. Corrupt in the DA, anc or any other political party should be dealt with severe consequences. The money they stole from the South African citizens should be payed back with interest. But no, so far every criminal and corrupt person out there is having a nice life. Not even our prisons put a fear in these people.

  • foxiloxi - 2012-06-04 15:20

    Put him down!! No other use for barbarians like this in society!!

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-04 16:04

    Martin the same thing happened to me fortunately military training helped me keep my cool,next time im ready for for them.

  • Warwick Bristow - 2012-06-04 16:28

    Innocent is guilty

  • Danwill Theys - 2012-06-04 16:32

    What actually happens to people that you send to prison?well I'm not an expert on politics but I think that the word tax come to send someone to prison is more expensive then to fly him to America full expenses paid trip for a weekend and the consumer pay for this tax that keep these people healthy and alive in an controlled environment.

  • annie.kalahari - 2012-06-04 18:40

    What did this Dutch couple EVER do to deserve this? They produced healthy, wholesome and affordable food, working hard on their farm, and never bothered anybody. They contributed to South African society with taxes, and provided some local people with jobs. So why not, just go and slaughter them. That solves everything...

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