Men who murdered KwaZulu-Natal farm owner jailed five years later

accreditation
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Men who killed someone on a farm were sentenced.
Men who killed someone on a farm were sentenced.
Jena Ardell, Getty Images
  • Two robbers who killed Creighton farm owner Peter Scott have been sentenced to imprisonment - five years after they committed the crime.
  • Scott was at home with his wife Pamela when Bethwell Sifiso Mthembu and Bhekizizwe Bheki Mchunu stormed into their home.
  • They also tied Pamela up and ransacked the house.

Five years after a house robbery and the harrowing murder of KwaZulu-Natal agricultural financial consultant Peter Scott, the killers have finally been sentenced.

Bethwell Sifiso Mthembu, 31, was sentenced in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg to life imprisonment for murder, five years for housebreaking with intent to rob, 15 years for robbery, and eight years for unlawful possession of a prohibited firearm and ammunition.

His co-accused, Bhekizizwe Bheki Mchunu was sentenced to 12 years in prison for housebreaking with intent to rob, 15 years for robbery and 30 years for murder.

A third accused, Moses Mthembu, died during the course of the trial.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Natasha Kara said that in sentencing Mchunu, the court did not impose a life sentence because it took into consideration "that he had spent four years in prison awaiting trial".

READ | Farmer in shock after wife, stepson, workers killed in attack

"The court ordered that his sentences for robbery and housebreaking run concurrently with the 30 years for murder, thus resulting in an effective sentence of 30 years imprisonment."

In September 2018, Scott and his wife Pamela were on his farm on the outskirts of Creighton when the men entered their home and shot Scott dead.

They were armed with knives and a firearm.

Pamela was bound before the men ransacked the house, taking laptops, money and cellphones.

They were arrested when police followed up on leads.

In court, State advocate Roan Du Preez handed in a victim impact statement which revealed that the family, the Scotts' friends and the community were "physically and emotionally traumatised" by the incident.


We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
The ANC's leadership race is heating up. Who do you think will be elected party president at Nasrec in December?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has got it in the bag
7% - 804 votes
I foresee a second term for Cyril Ramaphosa
83% - 9226 votes
Don’t discount a Zweli Mkhize win
10% - 1084 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
17.92
-0.8%
Rand - Pound
20.03
+0.5%
Rand - Euro
17.58
-0.0%
Rand - Aus dollar
11.50
+0.3%
Rand - Yen
0.12
-0.6%
Gold
1,712.14
-0.3%
Silver
20.59
-0.3%
Palladium
2,275.31
+0.8%
Platinum
926.89
+0.5%
Brent Crude
93.37
+1.7%
Top 40
59,416
+0.4%
All Share
65,833
+0.3%
Resource 10
63,279
-0.6%
Industrial 25
80,027
+1.0%
Financial 15
13,997
+0.3%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE