Lutzville farmer, Martin Visser has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of a farmworker in Vredendal on the West Coast.
The sentencing of the 45 year-old, Visser, in the Cape High Court sitting at Vredendal was delayed earlier after Visser apparently tried to commit suicide. Visser murdered 32-year-old Adam Pieterse who worked on a neighbouring farm.
He was beaten with a spade, and dragged behind a quad bike. His body was buried in a shallow grave on Visser’s father’s smallholding.
EARLIER TODAY: Convicted murderer, 45-year-old West Coast farmer, Martin Visser who was due to be sentenced this afternoon for the killing of a farm worker has been rushed to hospital. Court officials would not divulge the nature of the incident but said he has been transported to hospital for observation.
WATCH: Lutzville farmer, Martin Visser, taken to hospital following an apparent suicide attempt before being sentenced for the murder of a farmworker in Vredendal.
Judge Nathan Erasmus was expected to hand down sentence at two-o’-clock this afternoon. Instead the matter has been postponed to three-o’-clock this afternoon for the court to reconvene and make a decision.
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