Greytown farm murder suspect gets 20 years

Greytown farmer Sarel Theron


He was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for the incident that took place in July last year on the Cenema Estate in Seven Oaks near Greytown.

The deceased was Sarel David Theron – a farmer and safety facilitator at Mondi Midland.

The accused confessed to having planned the attack with two accomplices. He said they had attacked him while he was on the verandah of his house and stabbed him. Theron managed to escape into the house where he locked the door and was nursing his injury when the men pounced on him again, having gained access by breaking down the kitchen door. They then assaulted Theron and strangled him by tying a nylon rope around his neck.

The men made off with a cellphone, laptop and other household items.

Theron’s body was discovered a day later when his colleagues became concerned when he did not turn up for work.

In aggravation of sentence, State Advocate Roan Du Preez handed in victim impact statements facilitated by Court Preparation Officer, Louann Shuttleworth and compiled by Theron’s daughter and son.

They both expressed, in the statements, how the loss of their father has and will continue to impact on their lives.

They also mentioned that they cannot move on and are still grieving their loss.

The accused was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for murder, 12 years imprisonment for robbery and 5 years imprisonment housebreaking. The accused will serve an effective 20 years imprisonment.

His co-accused, also 18 years old, pleaded guilty two months ago. He was prosecuted by Senior State Advocate Mbongeni Mthembu and sentenced to 22 years imprisonment for murder, 12 years imprisonment for robbery and 5 years imprisonment for housebreaking. He is serving an effective 22 years imprisonment.

The Director of Public Prosecutions in KwaZulu Natal, Adv. Moipone Noko said, “This sentence shows the serious approach that we are taking against crimes of this nature, even when the accused persons are of a young age. I hope this prosecution adds to our crusade to address farm murders.”

Maritzburg Sun Reporter

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