ET's killer is jailed for life
THE Ventersdorp Circuit Court has sentenced Eugene Terre'Blanche's killer, Chris Mahlangu, to life imprisonment and 15 years for housebreaking, attempted robbery with aggravated circumstances and murder.
Mahlangu's co-accused, Patrick Ndlovo, 18, who was a minor when the crime was committed, was found guilty of housebreaking with the intention to steal. He was sentenced to two years suspended for five years on condition that he is not convicted of another housebreaking charge with intent to commit a crime.
Justice John Horn told Mahlangu: "The attack on the deceased was unnecessary. If the deceased owed you money, you could have dealt with the problem without violence.
"You went to the house with an intent. It was brutal and vicious. It was highly likely that the first blow to his head crushed his skull and rendered him helpless as he lay asleep. There is no doubt you intended to kill."
Horn said Mahlangu's mitigation arguments of poverty and allegations that Terre'Blanche infected him with HIV were unproven and unfounded and caused distress to the Terre'Blanches.
On Ndlovu, the judge said: "Parental control in your case was nonexistent. Circumstances compelled you to work when you were a mere child. It is evident that you have made great strides in the last two years.
"You have apologised to the family of the deceased, expressed genuine remorse and showed signs of rehabilitation. I'm not going soft on crime, but a court has to individualise and each case has to be treated on its merits."
Horn warned Ndlovu to stay away from older persons who could mislead him. - firstname.lastname@example.org
Timeline of Terre'Blanche trial
- April 13 2010 - Eugene Terre'blanche is killed on his farm outside Ventersdorp. Employee Chris Mahlangu, 28, and a 15-year-old co-worker are arrested.
- April 19 2010 - Terre'blanche is buried and black journalists are banned from the services.
- April 14 2010 - The accused make their first appearance in the Ventersdorp Circuit Court. The trial starts on November 22.
- May 21 2012 - Mahlangu is found guilty of murder. Patrick Ndlovu, now 18, is acquitted of murder but found guilty of housebreaking.