Agri News Podcast: Farm murder conviction welcomed
13:17 Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Agri News Podcast: Farm murder conviction welcomed | News Article
The Northern Cape Department of Agriculture, Land Reform, and Rural Development has welcomed the life sentencing of a convicted farm murderer from Kakamas.

This comes after 31-year-old Hendrik Dawson received a life sentence in the Northern Cape High Court, in connection with the murder of his employer and retired farmer, Jan Hough, that happened over a year ago. The spokesperson for the department, Phemelo Manankong, says the sentencing sends a strong message to perpetrators that crime does not pay. OFM News reported shortly after the murder on November 8, 2017, that Hough's body was found in an open field near Spieëlkop at Kakamas. He was fully clothed and had stab wounds to the head and back of the neck. Police spokesperson, Francois Steenkamp, said Hough was driving his bakkie at about 07:00 to fetch Dawson, who was his gardener, in Langverwag. Hough never returned. Someone who knows Hough saw Dawson driving around in his bakkie and managed to stop the vehicle, but Dawson abandoned the bakkie and ran away. Steenkamp said while police were on the murder scene they received information of a man that confessed to another person that he has killed a man. Information was followed up and Dawson was arrested. He was found guilty in November on charges of murder and robbery with aggravated circumstances. 


A consignment of rhino horns, destined for Dubai and worth over R23m, has been intercepted by officials of the South African Revenue Service (SARS) at the OR Tambo International Airport. This comes after a detector dog, named Lizzy, reacted positively to a consignment of so-called decorative items in a warehouse, on Wednesday. The inspection at the warehouse formed part of an ongoing initiative to increase enforcement activities on cargo for outbound flights, following recent reports that rhino horn, originating from South Africa, had been detected in the Far East.

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