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KZN farm attack judgment due

2014-03-26 22:10

Pietermaritzburg - By arming himself with a knife to steal a vehicle, an intruder was just as guilty of murder as his associate who shot a farmer dead, the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg heard on Wednesday.

Prosecutor Candy Kander argued that acting Judge Louis Barnard should convict Jabulani Ngobese, 28, of the murder of Micky Hampson, 68, and the attempted murder of his son Murray Hampson, 34, of Eston.

She said he had associated himself with the actual killer, Sibuniso Mtolo, 26.

Mtolo, who pleaded guilty to the crimes, was jailed for life by Judge Isaac Madondo on 14 March, but co-accused Ngobese pleaded not guilty to the charges of aggravated robbery, murder and attempted murder.

Evidence was given that in last September, Ngobese and Mtolo of the Amanzimtoti area had walked to the Hampsons' farm in daylight to steal a vehicle, even though workers and the Hampsons saw them walking on their farm.

The Hampsons asked what they were doing on the farm and made them get onto 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.

Kander said Ngobese helped Mtolo to get hold of the shotgun.

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 sugar-cane as he thought that Mtolo would also shoot him.

Ngobese's defence counsel Mahen Rajcumar asked Barnard to apply caution in his judgment.

He said that what started as an amateurish attempt to steal set off a chain of events not sufficient to link Ngobese to the murder, attempted murder and robbery.

Barnard would give judgment on Thursday.

Comments
  • CLOUDCHASER - 2014-03-26 22:47

    Correct. Surely he used the knife with the intention to kill...and the same reason why he helped Mtolo get hold of the gun...surely these actions were not taken with any good in mind. Savages!

  • Blackandwhite WhiteandBlack - 2014-03-26 22:52

    Yet another Farmer and family that has been the victims of these thugs on the loose. Both deserve to be sent to jail for life.

  • Andrea Thompson - 2014-03-27 07:13

    I think that a special court should be set up to hear farm related cases which involve crime. We all know that farmers do usually have shotguns on their properties and it is very likely that when someone enters the premises illegally that their intentions could be to kill. They know farmers are probably armed and the criminals themselves have weapons on their person or find one at the farm they just invaded. They are all getting away with murder.

  • Winifred Watson - 2014-03-27 09:46

    Exactly, when somebody confronts you with a weapon be it a knife or a firearm etc they are not there to shake your hand, they mean business. They have armed themselves with that particular weapon with the intent of using it and the law needs to make the right judgement. The law should protect the people, if an intruder is trying to break into your house or you find him in your house you should be allowed the right to defend your family and yourself and if it means shooting the sod, so be it. Standing and waiting for these sods do not some into your private space wanting to shake your hand, they have no rights to be on your property. This guy came with the intent to use that knife and he is as guilty as the other guy.

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