No bail for farmer’s suspected killers

Three men accused of killing an elderly Mpumalanga farmer during a robbery in January have been denied bail.
Issue Date: 30 March 2007

Three men accused of killing an elderly Mpumalanga farmer during a robbery in January have been denied bail. R eferee Moshwane (44), Jomo Thoma (29) and Aubrey Mohlabe (49) will go on trial on 5 June on charges of murder, armed robbery, car theft and possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition. They were not asked to plead during a recent brief appearance in the Groblersdal Magistrates Court. Police said three men attacked the farm C8 in Groblersdal on 19 January. After poisoning the dog they overpowered 78-year-old JG Prins and his wife. Prins was shot in the back and died.

“Two revolvers were stolen from the safe. They also took Prins’s Fiat Uno and R2 000 in cash,” said provincial police spokesperson Captain Leonard Hlathi. Prins’s wife was not harmed. H lathi said the Uno was later found overturned near Marble Hall. Two suspects were arrested in Lebowakgomo in Limpopo and the two firearms were recovered. “Information from the arrested suspects led the team to the third suspect, a department of housing employee from Emalahleni [formerly Witbank],” he said. Police allegedly found four suspected stolen cars in the housing employee’s yard. – African Eye News Service