Northern Cape farmworker jailed for pickaxe handle killing

2016-08-31 12:10


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Kimberley – A Northern Cape man has been given an eight-year sentence for beating a fellow farmworker to death with a pickaxe handle, police said on Wednesday.

The Upington Regional Court on Monday sentenced Jacobus Leonard Jafta, 27, for the murder of Jakobus Albertus Farmer, 58, Captain Francois Steenkamp said.

Both men worked on the farm Basterputs, about 70km from Kenhardt.

They were drinking with other workers on February 4 when an argument broke out. Jafta allegedly hit Farmer over the head with a pickaxe handle.

They only realised the following morning did that Farmer was dead.

Three years of Jafta's sentence were suspended for five years. He was initially charged with murder, but was found guilty of culpable homicide.

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