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2021/04/14      |  Written By:  Colonel P Naidu   |   Province:  Eastern Cape

Port Elizabeth: 13 April 2020- A  34-year-old murder accused was sentenced today in the Gqeberha High court for the murder and robbery of  Jean Lombaard( 67)  at his smallholding in Rocklands on 26 April 2019.

On Monday, 29 April 2019 at about 08:40, the gardener came in and  went to the shed to get ready for work. He noticed that his bicycle was not there and he went to the house to make enquiries. The door and security gate was opened and after receiving no response from calling out to Lombaard, he returned to the yard. The gardener became suspicious when Lombaard didn’t come out and he went back to the door, calling out his name. After no response, he went inside and  found Lombaard lying on the living room floor with his hands and feet bound.

The house was ransacked and the safe opened. A 6.35 calibre pistol as well as Lombaard’s cellphone and other items were taken.

Investigations were conducted in the vicinity and the gardener’s bicycle was found at a  business premises on Rocklands road not far from the deceased’s house. A few days later, the investigating officer, D/WO John Lourens from the Provincial Organised Crime Investigation in Gqeberha arrested the accused, Ralton Koetaan(34) at his house in Tiryville in Kamesh. He remained in custody until the finalisation of the case.  During the court proceedings, Koetaan confessed to bludgeoning Lombaard to death because Lombaard failed to pay him money that day for sexual favours rendered as per their arrangement.

Koetaan was found guilty in February 2021 and received the following sentence today, 13 April:  murder – life imprisonment, aggravated robbery – 15 years imprisonment, unlawful possession of a firearm – 15 years, unlawful possession of ammunition – 3 years and theft -  3 years imprisonment. The sentences will run concurrent to the life sentence.