Farm worker jailed for the Albertinia farm murder

11:36 (GMT+2) Fri, 14 Sep 2018

A 21-year-old farm worker, Johannes Bangiso, was sentenced on Friday to an effective 22 years behind bars for the murder of 52-year-old Albertinia farmer, Sharon Lee Bester.

Bangiso, who grew up on the farm Zout van der Aarde, was sentenced in the Mossel Bay Circuit High Court following his conviction for strangling Bester to death last October.

The court also heard during the trial that Bangiso had also used Bester's stolen car to fetch his girlfriend in Riversdale.

In passing sentence, Judge Nathan Erasmus said that Bangiso had shown remorse about his deeds and had played open cards with the court.

He said that the court should not hand down a sentence that will break the accused, adding that Bangiso should pay for what he did but he should also get the opportunity to rehabilitate and become a better person.

Judge Erasmus sentenced Bangiso to a year imprisonment on a charge of robbery with the intent to steal, seven years imprisonment on a charge of robbery with aggravating circumstances and 22 years on a charge of murder.

The robbery sentences will run concurrently with Bangiso's 22-year sentence for murder.