Westerbloem murder: Two found guilty

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Two men have been found guilty on charges of robbery and murder in the Free State High Court with regards to the Westerbloem Old Age Home incident in January this year.

The court found that Tshepo Smith and Thato Lefutho broke into the house of Maurina van Niekerk, aged 89, with the intent to rob and assault her.

The Judge held that the assault was to render the victim unconscious so that she would not be able to stop them.

The court said they ought to have known that such an assault on an elderly person could be fatal, which it turned out to be. Van Niekerk died in hospital several days after the robbery due to head injuries.

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