Court grants leave to ap­peal

The Rep - - NEWS - By Tem­bile Sgqolana

TARKA farmer An­tonie van Heer­den was granted leave to ap­peal his sen­tence and con­vic­tion by the Queen­stown Re­gional Court when he ap­peared be­fore Mag­is­trate No­sisa Ng­con­golo for the judge­ment.

Last month Van Heer­den was sen­tenced to five and 10 years re­spec­tively on two counts of stock theft be­tween 2010 and 2012.

He was later granted R10 000 bail, which was ex­tended.

In hand­ing down judge­ment, the mag­is­trate said the court took into ac­count all as­pects. “The case de­pends on the cred­i­bil­ity of wit­nesses. The court came to the view that another court may come to another de­ci­sion,” she said.

She said the court had de­cided to give another court the chance to look into the case. “There­fore the ap­pli­ca­tion for leave to ap­peal sen­tence and con­vic­tion is granted and the bail is ex­tended,” she said.

While the mag­is­trate was hand­ing down judge­ment, one of the peo­ple in the gallery said to farmer Fred Gre­eff, com­plainant Carl Kruger and cap­tain Jan Greyling, who were sit­ting be­hind him, “What are you do­ing here? You should be look­ing af­ter your sheep so that they do not get stolen. F*** you.”

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