Court grants leave to appeal
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.”