Two appear in court on farm murder charge

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Two men appeared briefly in the Howick Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday in connection with the murder and robbery of timber farmer, Trevor Murphy.

Murphy (55) was stabbed to death during a robbery at his home on Wendover Farm on the Karkloof Road just outside Ho­wick on April 23. The robbers ransacked the house and loaded stolen goods onto the farmer’s white Ford Ranger bakkie, in which they fled the scene.

The vehicle was recovered and five people were initially arrested with the assistance of Magma Security and Investigations. However three of the suspects were released by police prior to appearing in court, due to insufficient evidence linking them to the crimes.

A court source confirmed on Wednesday that Lulu Sapholakhe Thusi (42) and Michek Khumalo (47), both from Pietermaritzburg, appeared in court and were charged with Murphy’s murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances. More charges could be added following further investigations.

The two men have not yet pleaded to the charges and asked to be represented by an attorney appointed by Legal Aid.

The case was postponed until next Wednesday, May 5, for a possible bail application.

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