A Lutzville farmer has been found guilty of killing a farmworker, who was first hit with a spade, then dragged along by a quad bike and buried behind the smallholding of Martin Visser’s father three years ago. He has also been found guilty of two counts of assault.
Rural and Farmworkers Development president Billy Claasen testified that “it was possible that he was still alive while he was being buried”.
Judge Nathan Erasmus handed down his verdict in the Western Cape High Court, sitting in Vredendal, on Tuesday, News24 reported. Visser, 43, had pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, assault with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm and four charges of common assault of three other people.
Visser was arrested a year and a half after the remains of Adam Pieterse, 32, who worked on a neighbouring farm, was found in vineyards in March 2015.
The cause of death of "Mannetjie Dukvreet", as he was commonly known, could not be confirmed owing to the state of the corpse. Pathologist Dr Esme Erasmus said his remains had been in an advanced state of decomposition. Pieterse had cuts on his scalp, and his brain was too decomposed to be assessed.