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Farm worker sentenced to 15 years for murder

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The accused and three other farmworkers were involved in an altercation that led to the fatal stabbing of Nickford Smit, 24 on April 9 2019.

A farm worker has been sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for murder that took place near Fordsburg in 2019. File picture

A farm worker has been sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for the murder that took place at a farm near Fordsburg in 2019.

Police spokesperson Captain Sergio Kock on Friday said the accused Johannes Witbooi, 35, and three other farmworkers were involved in an altercation that led to the fatal stabbing of Nickford Smit, 24 on April 9 2019.

“Witbooi also stabbed another male and threatened to stab another person during the same incident, on a farm just outside Fordsburg, where they were employed.”

He added that Witbooi was sentenced in the Carnarvon regional court on November 17 to 15 years imprisonment for the murder and another five years for common assault and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

“The sentences will run concurrently.”

The acting district commissioner for the Pixley Ka Seme cluster Colonel Richard Nyalela congratulated detective warrant officer Keith Oliphant from the Fordsburg detectives for the thorough investigation of the case.

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