Men guilty of killing dad in front of girl

2012-11-02 07:23

Pretoria - Two Atteridgeville men who shot dead a Booysens businessman in front of his teenage daughter four years ago were found guilty of his murder in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Thursday.

Judge Bert Bam convicted Pleasure Mokoena and Lerato Mancidi on charges of murdering Jan Engelbrecht, 45, during an armed robbery at his home in Booysens, Pretoria, in September 2008 and attempting to murder Engelbrecht's stepson Evan van der Merwe.

A third robber, Motsiri Ernest Masipa, was sentenced last year to 15 years imprisonment on a charge of robbery with aggravating circumstances, after admitting guilt.

Engelbrecht, who had an electrical business and was a motorcycle enthusiast, died at the scene after being shot in the chest.

Dad saved daughter

His traumatised daughter Megan, 18, testified in Masipa's trial and was forced to relive the horrific night when she testified against Mokoena and Mancidi as well.

She could not be in court for the judgment because she was writing a matric exam.

Megan identified Mokoena as the man who had shot her father after a group of robbers entered their property.

She testified that her father had pushed her out of the way just before he was shot.

Her father was bleeding profusely and she had tried to stop the blood with towels before phoning the police.

Quickly pointed out as killer

Her mother Merinda also identified Mokoena as the man who had held a firearm against her husband's head in their bedroom that night.

The two women had no hesitation in pointing out Mokoena at an identity parade more than two years later.

Masipa testified that he, the two accused and another man had planned the robbery at Engelbrecht's house.

He denied ever being inside the house but admitted wrestling outside with Engelbrecht's two stepsons.

Masipa said Mokoena had fired a shot at the young men and he had also seen Mokoena shooting Engelbrecht.

According to Masipa, both accused were armed when they came to his house the next morning.

The two accused denied any involvement in the crimes and claimed they had alibis for that night.

No evidence to support alibis

Mokoena said he had been drinking beer with friends while Mancidi claimed he had been with his aunt in Limpopo at the time.

Their alibis were not supported by any evidence.

Judge Bam said there was no reason to doubt Megan and her mother's evidence.

Despite being severely traumatised by seeing their loved one being shot dead in front of them, both managed to give a clear and credible account of the incident.

Although Masipa was the only witness who implicated Mancidi, the court accepted his evidence.

Bam said Mancidi knew firearms would be used during the robbery, had probably been armed himself and was equally responsible for Mokoena's criminal acts.

The trial continues.

  • muke.matshaba - 2012-11-02 07:38

    Let the bastards die in prison,

      patson.nedzamba - 2012-11-02 08:33

      We have a very competative constitution, but in Human rights it's failing us big time. I think there is a need for provision to differentiate between "human" and "subhuman" It is sad to be classified as human in the same breath as these bastards.

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-11-02 07:44

    What a very brave father, a HERO. R.I.P

  • gieljam.gomtor - 2012-11-02 07:49

    HANG them HIGH

  • collet.letsoalo - 2012-11-02 08:00

    I hope that these bastards will get raped in prison and get some diseases.

  • malcolm.stevens.129 - 2012-11-02 08:10

    As a taxpayer, why would you want to pay for these cold-blooded murderers and leeches on society to get 3 meals a day, watch TV, have a hot shower and loads of (perhaps non-consensual) sex in prison? I'm all in favour of the death penalty, not as a punishment or deterrent, but simply because I do not want my money paying towards the care of criminals. Perhaps the model found in some countries should apply: Your family needs to pay for you to be held in prison. They need to bring you food. They need to pay for your housing. If not, you simply die - a miserable, deserved death. Perhaps. One can but only dream.

      luvontezo - 2012-11-02 08:36

      That,infact is a great idea.

      allhaleto.theale - 2012-11-02 08:45

      If I had to compromise on the death penalty, this would be a pretty good model. A stronge disease requyreth a stronge medicine. Is anyone in power listening?

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-11-02 09:32

      The best, absolute best suggestion I've read in a long long, very long time.

  • aspruyt - 2012-11-02 08:22

    10x Life!

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2012-11-02 08:28

    It is a pity it took so long and that it now all comes to a close while the girl is writing grade 12, but at least justice will be serviced.

  • colin.payne.921 - 2012-11-02 08:28

    Anyone ever watch the movie "The Hunger Games"? Just a thought, may be weird, but wouldn't the non-criminal public (yes there are a few of us left) get some satisfaction out of a reality TV show like that? Wouldn't cost us anything to feed, clothe or arm them, and the end result would be the same as execution, but no one would have to step up to the plate to do the deed, because in a truly "Dog eat dog" (pardon the insult to dogs) situation, the criminals would be responsible for their own demise. The reward for being the only one left would be to spend life in a very uncomfortable prison with just enough food to prevent starvation. Actually, that's not a bad business idea......we could go multi-national, and probably even earn an Emmy award for our innovative TV! We could even get the bereaved relatives to fire the starting pistol.

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  • Andrea - 2012-11-02 08:52

    Send them to Pollsmoor to go do them dirty dishes.

  • nicholas.harle - 2012-11-02 09:33

    This is one of millions of stories, why is nothing been done about this , any other country would declare a state of emergency if they had murder and raping like this, we had higher death rates than the previous iraq war per day, how can government turn a blind eye to this

  • dewaldt.duplessis.5 - 2012-11-02 09:36

    This is sooooooooooooooooooo sad I hate reading things like this. Those subhuman barbarian scum doesn't deserve to live at all! They have no human rights because they aren't human. They should suffer a slow but painful death. Bury them deep in the ground with their heads sticking out. Cover their faces with honey so that the ants can eat them alive! Megan and family I'm so sorry for yout loss, be strong.

  • Andrea - 2012-11-02 09:51

    In fact, scrap Pollsmoor, we should start shipping these barbarians to Siberia.

  • mikaelapace - 2012-11-02 10:58

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  • mikaelapace - 2012-11-02 10:59

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