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4 Aberdeen farm attackers sentenced to 25 years imprisonment

The Eastern Cape High Court sentenced four men to 25 years imprisonment yesterday for a farm attack  in Aberdeen.

During the attack in March 2017, 45-year-old Hannes Gouws was shot in the face at point blank range, on his Makateesplaas farm.

News24 reported that Gouws’ 14-year-old son, Jan-Hendrik fought the attackers causing them to flee without taking anything.

Police spokesperson Captain Anelisa Feni said investigations revealed that 35-year-old Floyd Ayanda Nkohla, who was employed on the farm at the time, supplied information to Lwandile Aseni, 24, Zwelakhe Mguzulwa, 37 and Zwelakhe Jaxa, 31.

The four men were arrested by the Hawks in October 2017.

The court sentenced the men to three years for conspiracy to commit armed robbery, three years for housebreaking with the intent to steal, five years for attempted robbery, 16 years for two counts of attempted murder, six years for the unlawful possession of a firearm and six years for the unlawful possession of ammunition.

The sentences effectively amount to 25 years imprisonment for each assailant.