Court hears of brutal farm murder

2011-03-08 23:15

Pretoria - A Dutch immigrant couple was found in pools of blood after both were killed on their dairy farm two years ago, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard on Tuesday.

Police witnesses described the gruesome scene where farmer Johannes van den Bosch, 63, and his wife Jacobi, 60, were murdered on their farm at Mooiplaats, east of Pretoria.

Johannes was bludgeoned to death while tending to calves in the dairy on the morning of Easter Friday 2009.

His wife died on the floor of her home after being repeatedly stabbed in the upper body.

One of their former workers, 27-year-old Akona Innocent Gini of Witbank, has pleaded not guilty to murdering the couple and robbing them of their cellphones, cash, and a bunch of keys.

One of the couple's sons, Joost van den Bosch, testified his brother Wim phoned him early that morning after discovering their parents' bodies.

He later identified a bunch of keys that was fished out of the farm dam by police, as belonging to his father.

He said the farm was safeguarded by an electric fence, dogs and burglar bars and one would have had to plan carefully to get in.

According to Van den Bosch jnr, there was a burglary at his parents' home about six months before they were murdered.

The first policeman at the scene, Inspector Francois Nolte, testified that the late Mr Van den Bosch's son Wim had phoned him in tears, asking for help because his parents had been murdered.

When he arrived, Wim van den Bosch took him into the house, where Mrs Van den Bosch was lying in a large pool of blood, and to the dairy, where Mr Van den Bosch was lying in the calves' pen.

The son told him he had become suspicious when he found his father's Boerboel dogs at the gate, and not locked up as usual and the back door, which his mother always left open for his father, still locked.

Nolte said four different suspects were brought in for questioning within days after the incident, but none of them could be linked to the murders.

Investigating officer Sergeant Jaco Botha testified he had discovered a steel pipe in the drain at the dairy where Mr Van den Bosch was murdered.

He also found a knife in a wooden block on the kitchen counter which appeared as if it might have been used as the murder weapon.

When police returned to the scene after the murder, they had the farm dam drained and discovered Bosch snr's keys.

The trial continues.

  • Wedfew - 2011-03-09 06:20

    Sad just very sad my deepest condolences to the Family...

  • Nkunzi - 2011-03-09 06:27

    Why does it take 2 years to get a murder case before court?!

      Jenny - 2011-03-09 07:29

      My sentiments exactly! - 2011-03-09 07:33

      because they are 'local' citizens and NOT the typical visitor where it is important like the dewani case for example

      Kevin King - 2011-03-09 09:20

      Our justice system has been Transformed.

      Nice Guy - 2011-03-09 11:38

      There's a lot of paperwork that needs to be done

  • Pokkels_LOL - 2011-03-09 08:05

    It surpasses my mind how they kill farmers in this country! I mean really! They actually cut off the hands that feed them...! They can’t run a farm even if their lives depend on it! Kill the Boer and then we need to import maize, milk etc. And in effect food prices will increase which they will be the first ones hit to the streets TOI-TOI (Demonstrating). Their stupidity and barbaric behaviour blows my mind!

      Hyperion - 2011-03-09 09:29

      It is literally impossible for them to think that far ahead. They probably think if something like the food prices end up rising, that the "government" will fix the problem for them. Imagine if the farmers ended up going to the squatter camps and went on a killing spree every few weeks just like there are killings of farmers every few weeks, imagine the outcry then. Don't worry about the farmers getting killed though, they are only the ones who grow our food for us!

  • Jan - 2011-03-09 08:06

    Akona Innocent Gini.... what a name for a suspect. My condolences to the family though, what a horrific way toe die.

  • Brenton - 2011-03-09 09:10

    We are slowly getting wiped out.

      Hans-Erik Iken - 2011-03-09 13:45

      We can do our 'revolutinary duty' and procreate as the ANCYL clown suggested......

  • generaalcharlie - 2011-03-09 09:20

    These animals where hungry and had no job !

  • Mlu - 2011-03-09 09:26

    My condolences go to the family of the murdered couple. It is difficult to fathom what they are going through, even if it is two years later. I hope our justice system hands this guy a tough sentence. In the community where I come from, murderers are paid bail by the community so that the culprit comes out of jail. When the lights are switched off, the community deals with the animal the way animals should be dealt with, which is not provided for in our law. This is a real deterrent so that those who think of commiting similar offences refrain from doing so. I am sick and tired of farm murders. I am sure black and white South Africans could work together in applying this technique. It works.

      wbcbaker1983 - 2011-03-09 09:34

      @mlu.I agree. As South Africans we hear every day of our brothers and sisters killing each other. The savageness is disgusting. Not saying robbery is ok, but why kill? Im not sure i know anyone who would fight if they had a gun to their head. The fact that they decided to murder shows that they have zero respect for the rights of others. And when and if they get convicted they will end up in jail where they will be given the right to vote, the right to a TV etc etc etc. Why if a person a no respect for the rights of others should they be granted any rights once in jail. They should have no say with regards to anything that is happening outside the prison walls.

  • Blikskottel - 2011-03-09 09:31

    After two years only it came to sick is this? Hopefully the truth will come out and suitable punishment follow.

  • Henri - 2012-05-08 23:43

    wbcbaker1983- The goverment cant take away his vote. Just think how many votes they will loose if criminals won't allowed to vote!

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