Judgment in Lindley farm murder trial

2011-06-15 13:07

Bloemfontein - Judge George Wright started his judgment on Wednesday in the trial of six men accused of murdering a Free State family on their farm.

Judge Wright started by going through all testimony before court which includes that of investigators, forensic experts, family of the accused and the victims' family.

Referring to the autopsy report on murdered farmer Attie Potgieter, the judge said: "Dis een van die wreedste en barbaarste" (It's one of the cruellest and most barbaric) cases the court had handled.

The public gallery was packed with family and neighbours of the victims as well as those of the accused.

Potgieter, his wife and 2-year-old daughter were killed on their Tweefontein Farm in Lindley on December 1 last year.

Of the six accused, three worked on the farm while the other three were from the township at Lindley.

The accused on Wednesday morning sat motionless listening to the judgment, which was being translated.

  • Reenen Stenekamp - 2011-06-15 13:11

    Mens spel dit 'wreedste'... Ek sou hoop dat 'n joernalis sou kon spel, maar duidelik was my verwagtinge dalk effens onrealisties hoog.

      Wayne - 2011-06-15 13:28

      Shocking I agree

      jowza - 2011-06-15 13:44

      you worried about spelling and you talk afrikaans in an english forum

      RobertKay - 2011-06-15 13:46

      Wat 'n fantastiese opmerking! Goed gedaan (sarkasties gesproke natuurlik). Miskien is dit nie die joernalis nie, maar die persoon wat die beriggie hierop geplaas het. Kan natuurlik ook 'n Engels sprekende persoon wees, way sy (of haar) bes probeer.

      Smaal - 2011-06-15 13:47

      Here jowsa, I have this brick for you. Take it.

      anti crime - 2011-06-15 13:50

      jowza...hulle noem dit freedom of speech...eishh...hou op moun man...

      Charlie99 - 2011-06-15 14:08

      @jowza - I fail to see how you can connect the (incorrect) spelling to the Afrikaans post / text. Perhaps you are just an illogical person, or you probably support the ANC, same thing really. If you still do not understand, dont worry, you will never be able to do anyway.

      JohnnyBB - 2011-06-15 14:11

      ...please feed the those six barbarians to the lions in the zoo....!! .....please...!!!

      betha - 2011-06-15 14:14

      @jowza: speak Afrikaans. you speak Afrikaans. You'RE or you are worried about speaking English when clearly you don't know how to

      jowza - 2011-06-15 14:21

      small i prefer rocks to bricks. charlie i am illogical.i support the dagga party bertha,my english is bad.explain it to me one more time

      daaivark - 2011-06-15 14:21

      Uhm, jowza... this forum is used by speakers of several languages. Afrikaans is one of those. I have been a News24 user for years and was a prolific blogger until recently, and nowhere have I seen any notice restricting this forum to English speakers. What's your case?

      Smaal - 2011-06-15 14:23

      @Jowza: I know you prefer rocks to bricks but with bricks you can build a bridge and GET OVER YOURSELF!

      jowza - 2011-06-15 14:28

      if i start talking zulu here,i guess it will be ok then wont be inconsiderate of me knowing lots of people wont understand me

      jowza - 2011-06-15 14:29 need to get over myself.thanks

  • Slapper - 2011-06-15 13:13

    A pity the words "Hanged by the neck until dead" will not be included.

  • Smaal - 2011-06-15 13:15

    ... en nou moet ek betaal om die goed aan die lewe te hou...

      System Reset - 2011-06-15 14:03

      heerlikheid dit maak my mal

  • Mad man - 2011-06-15 13:17

    They need a serious rehabilitation sessions at Correctional Services so they can rejoin communities

      Matt - 2011-06-15 13:21

      Lol, watch all the idiots respond to this troll's provocation... Bet Mad Man is another white varsity student...

      Barry - 2011-06-15 13:26

      @ Mad man Are you seeking attention again.? I`m sure the rest of the bloggers will just ignore you today

      Smaal - 2011-06-15 13:31

      Mad man has a point. I’ve rehabilitated a few before. I think of stories like theses while rehabilitating them. I’m willing to rehabilitate theses to the point where no rehabilitation will even be needed again.

      Koos - 2011-06-15 13:35

      dink jy is nie lekker 5 vyf nie malles.... jy ooit die storie gelees of comment jy weer op lindsey lohan se goed??

      loops - 2011-06-15 13:42

      I rehabilitate these guys all of the time. I let them move into my home and whenever they do something wrong I spray them in the face with water. They really dislike it.

      Fanie - 2011-06-15 14:10

      They need the death sentance

      Spoofed - 2011-06-15 14:20

      Clearly you are a mad man...

      daaivark - 2011-06-15 14:23


      Mswati - 2011-06-15 15:09

      @Fanie Coetzee, they need a death sentence

  • BigMoose - 2011-06-15 13:20

    Guilty as charged.

      sparkies - 2011-06-15 13:29

      No you cant be serious.

      JohnnyBB - 2011-06-15 14:14

      ...hang them twice, ......just to make sure....

  • Rittellus - 2011-06-15 13:22

    Remove their genitals through their anus... then you hang them by it!!!!!

      Sam.H - 2011-06-15 13:58

      Too gentle.

  • EYESAY - 2011-06-15 13:24

    "The accused on Wednesday morning sat motionless listening to the judgment, which was being translated"......of course they were motionless - they have no emotion! They are savages! They are not capable of emotion! May they never be forgiven even by God himself!

      System Reset - 2011-06-15 14:07

      mag hulle in die vlamme van die hel brand vir altyd

      JohnnyBB - 2011-06-15 14:15

      ....uncivilised barbarians...!!!

  • Barry - 2011-06-15 13:25

    And justice for all. When found guilty and in passing sentence I hope the Judge sends out a strong message to all those contemplating a career in crime

      peaceonearth - 2011-06-15 13:52

      That would be Justice, but Justice does not prevail in Africa. It was bad enough to start off with, but then the "wooden spoon Malama" came along to stir the pot, so that's the end of so called Justice in South Africa, the only Justice the "people" know, is "Just is Julius" - translated in civil terms," Kick the white man out and then go knocking on their door to let us in again"

      Warren - 2011-06-15 14:02

      The sad fact of the matter is other criminals don't read newspapers. And those that are afraid of being caught simply go to witch doctors to concoct some sort of potion to combat being caught i.e. invisible powder or bullet proof powder. If the potion does not work, the criminal just moves on to the next witch doctor, as to confront the one with the failed potion is believed to bring bring bad luck. Go figure???

      Mswati - 2011-06-15 15:10

      They do not read papers nor listen to Julius Malema, I doubt if they even care about him

  • Gorilla - 2011-06-15 13:26

    One word: Gallows.

  • Koos - 2011-06-15 13:34

    ag moerse people... realy, they will get life and we will be paying for their nice holiday in prison!! shoot the buggers, bring back the death penalty!

      Caz - 2011-06-15 13:52


      Wayne - 2011-06-15 14:04

      That will be like signing your own death sentence.

  • jowza - 2011-06-15 13:42

    hang them all

      Wayne - 2011-06-15 13:58

      Glad we can agree on something

      jowza - 2011-06-15 14:22

      is that a kkk in the making?

      Wayne - 2011-06-15 14:52


  • Caz - 2011-06-15 13:53

    All I say is treat them with the same respect and compassion they gave the victims and their families!!!

  • zulufox - 2011-06-15 14:07

    Not guilty...

      System Reset - 2011-06-15 14:13

      Ignore this guy! He's in my office, i can see him typing from here. He's a sad loser - the only attention he gets is negative attention but for him that's better than nothing. Also, he's freakin white lol

      jowza - 2011-06-15 14:23

      you calling whites freaks?

      System Reset - 2011-06-15 15:34

      Get back to work, I'm gonna tell the boss you're messing around on news24 all day dude

      System Reset - 2011-06-15 15:35

      Get back to work, I'm gonna tell the boss you're messing around on news24 all day dude

      JMsays - 2011-07-25 17:49

      @jowza...Some whites are freaks (if you have a freak flag you gotta wave it, makes life interesting), hell yes, but all races have them, if you don't know one in your race, it might just be you... just a thought!

  • Mart - 2011-06-15 14:31

    There is not one person on this earth that could convince me that a person who puts a gun to a two year old's head and pulls the trigger, deserves to live one more day on this troubled earth of ours. Death is the only justice

  • Ann - 2011-06-15 14:46

    An eye for an eye will be justice served!

  • Wayne - 2011-06-15 14:51

    @jowza - Sie können sogar wenn sie Deutsch sprechen möchten. You can speak any language you want but we all know that you want us to understand you ;)

  • milky - 2011-06-15 14:54

    Hang the bastards,thet're off to paradise at taxpayers expense , free everything ! AN EYE FOR AN EYE , they deserve to rot in hell , except in this country our "sympathetic/democratic anc rulers" see fit that the criminal have more rights than the victim.May the Potgieter family rest in peace & sincere condolences to the Families of the deceased .

  • cgtours - 2011-06-15 15:25

    jOWSA , No problem you commentng in ZULU at all! Afrikaans, English, French, German,Italian, There are also civilised people in South Africa that can speak many many languages. I can speak all of the above including ZULU, fluently. Actually we all studied Zulu at school and passed Matric Zulu- I speak for my family and my cousins, So go ahead..English is no better than any other Language.

      Worldwise - 2011-06-15 16:15

      Ja, but the majority of people understand English in SA. Having a mishmash of languages will make the forum choatic and some people will not be able to understand what is being said. If the article is in English, respond in English. If you want German, Italian, Zulu or other language forums, look them up. They do exist.

  • Jezabbela - 2011-06-15 15:50

    oh hayi shame nine issues bantu abathetha i afrikaans. Asinokujonga le i fact that kukho i family ebulewe kakuhlungu? Futhi yonke nje into funeka ibene ANC?

      JMsays - 2011-07-25 17:52

      ...agreed, wait, sorry what? can speak any language you want, people might not understand you and/or can't reply to you, but its all good.

  • Doug - 2011-06-15 16:14

    WTF What does it matter whether or not the English/Afrikaans is incorrect. The point is innocent people were murdered by unbelievers. Hope they get aids in jail and suffer!!!! MOTHERFUCKERS!

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