Wednesday, 20 December 2006

Teen sentenced to 20 years for farm killing

December 19 2006 at 08:19PM

By Sherlissa Peters

Described as a person inclined to violence by his probation officer, the man who brutally killed a 63-year-old farmer in Creighton was sentenced in the Pietermaritzburg High Court yesterday.

Mzwandile Radebe, 18, was sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment for the murder of Michael Robb, and a further 10 years for housebreaking and robbery with aggravating circumstances. Five years will run concurrently with his murder sentence.

Radebe's accomplice, Sandile Hlope, 20, was sentenced to three years for housebreaking and robbery.

Robb, who had lived in the Creighton-Ixopo area for most of his life, was killed on October 26 last year.

The court heard that Robb, who lived alone on his farm, was asleep when the suspects entered the house.

Robb was grabbed from his bed and then tortured as his hands were handcuffed and his legs tied together with a plastic bag.

Radebe, armed with a golf club, beat Robb to death. The two suspects then dumped his body in a nearby dam.

Judge Jan Hugo said Radebe escaped a life sentence because the State had failed to prove that the murder was premeditated.

This article was originally published on page 3 of Daily News on December 19, 2006


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