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Man handed 25-year jail sentence for Newcastle farm murders

Glen (63) and Vida (60) Rafferty from Normandien near Newcastle.

Glen (63) and Vida (60) Rafferty from Normandien near Newcastle.

  • The Raffertys were killed on their farm near Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, in August 2020.
  • The attackers shot and killed Glen Rafferty and his wife, Vida, as well as their pet.
  • Sizwe Zwane pleaded guilty to the murders this week. Two other men are in custody in connection with the crime.

A 33-year-old man who pleaded guilty to murdering KwaZulu-Natal farmers Glen and Vida Rafferty has been sentenced to an effective 25 years’ imprisonment.

Sizwe Tell Zwane, who was arrested for the murders in February, pleaded guilty in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday.

The couple were killed on their farm in Normandien near Newcastle in August 2020. Attackers shot the farm owner and his wife, as well as their dog, the police told News24 at the time.

READ MORE | Couple, dog shot dead in KZN farm attack

The house was ransacked, cameras were destroyed and the couple’s vehicle was stolen.

Zwane was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment on one count of robbery and was handed 25 years’ imprisonment each for the two murders. His sentence will run concurrently, police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker said.

Zwane’s two co-accused were arrested in October and remain in custody.

“Detectives have not ruled out the possibility of more arrests being effected in connection with the murders,” Naicker said.

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