The men who TORTURED an elderly couple with a blowtorch and knives during a farm attack in 2017 were sentenced to 37 years behind bars on Thursday.
THE TWO CONVICTED FARM MURDERERS WERE SENTENCED ON THURSDAY
The couple, Susan Howarth, 64, and Robert Lynn, 66, were attacked in 2017 on their farm in Dullstroom, Mpumalanga province.
Susan, originally from Southsea, Hampshire, died after the BRUTAL torture she endured during the attack.
Robert told the media in 2017 that he woke at about 03:00 local time to the sound of his dogs barking and breaking glass.
Men wearing balaclavas fired several shots at the couple before they overpowered Robert.
The couple was tortured with a blow torch and knives. A plastic bag was stuffed down Susan’s throat, and they attempted to strangle Robert with a black bag around his neck.
THE COUPLE WAS TORTURED WITH BLOW TORCHES AND KNIVES
The armed men loaded the couple, still in their pajamas, into their Nissan Hardbody double cab and drove from the Mash Land farm through Belfast towards Stoffberg. Susan was shot in the head twice before her attackers dragged her into the field next to the road.
Her breasts had what looked like burn marks, and from the position in which Susan was discovered, it looked like they dragged her on her stomach, causing her burnt breasts to drag over asphalt and soil and grass.
A few metres further, it was Robert’s turn. His attackers aimed for his head, pulled the trigger, and pushed him out of the vehicle.
SUSAN WAS SHOT IN THE HEAD TWICE AND A PLASTIC BAG STUFFED IN HER THROAT
According to the report by the Middelburg Observer, Robert had cuts and burn marks all over his body and a wound to his neck.
The report furthermore stated that a black bag was tied tightly around his neck and he could only properly speak once it was cut off.
The couple was found at 06:00 in the morning.
ROBERT WAS SHOT IN THE NECK AND A BLACK BAG WAS TIED AROUND HIS NECK
Susan was discovered amongst some trees, lying in a ditch. Her rescuers managed to find her by following her groans of pain and then noticing drag marks from the road into the field.
She died later in hospital. Her ashes were flown to Southsea in England.
Robert returned to Ireland after the incident after living in South Africa for 30 years.
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He testified during the court case but was not present for the sentencing. However, he sent an emotional letter that was submitted as evidence.
“Losing my wife, Susan, in this totally horrific way, has impacted me to my core. I will never be at peace again. Our friends and family are just as traumatized as I am. I am in my own prison of fear and total sadness because of these violent acts against Susan and I.”Robert
Robert sustained stab wounds to his back and legs during the attack and was also burned with a blow torch.
THE BADLY INJURED COUPLE WAS DUMPED NEXT TO ROAD
The two men, Mischak Nkosinati Yika and Temba William Yika, each faced charges of murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, theft, burglary, possession of a firearm and firing of a firearm within a built-up area. The accused were convicted on all the charges in March this year.
On Thursday, the two brothers were each sentenced in the Breyten Court to 37 years imprisonment.
Acting Judge Lineo Liphoto said in her ruling that the manner in which Lynn and Howarth were tortured by the accused was degrading, cruel and inhuman and that the court should protect society from such heartless individuals.
“I am grateful to Robert and their loved ones that this day has arrived and that justice could be done today. Although we are glad about the sentence, we know that no sentence can erase or change the trauma of these events. Justice has been done but the hurt and remember is still there but now Robert can start healing with his loved ones at their own pace and move forward.”Johan Kloppers, counsellor at AfriForum’s trauma unit.
Adv. Eric Sihlangu, the state prosecutor in the case, said earlier that the evidence against the Yika brothers was overwhelming.
The accused have indicated that they will appeal the sentence.