A man who murdered an Eastern Cape farmer in July 2017 has been sentenced in the East London High Court to life plus 35 years.

Odwa Jim Ntlangani, aged 32, was convicted of murdering 47-year-old Jason Winrow at his farm in the Blue Water area of the Great Kei local municipality.

Shot several times at entrance to yard

Winrow was shot several times as he was about to enter the yard at his farm. The assailants took a bottle of brandy, a leather wallet and a Samsung S6 cellphone, before they vanished with his Toyota Legend 45 clubcab.

Winrow’s body was found in a pool of blood early the next morning by a neighbour’s son, who was out hunting.

Ntlangani was arrested in the Phillipi area in Cape Town and subsequently took police to an area near Mitchells Plain. There he pointed out the victim’s bakkie, which by then had been stripped and dismantled.

Suspect’s additional crimes uncovered

While the case was being investigated against Ntlangani, further information was provided by a second suspect and Ntlangani was linked to other crimes and also charged with attempted murder, stock theft and possession of stolen property.

According to a report in the Daily Despatch newspaper at the time of the murder, Winrow was well known in the area and dubbed ‘Chickenman’ as he specialised in breeding chickens, cattle and pigs.

Murder created sense of panic in area

“Jason was a nice guy [and] lived in this small community of farmers who live in peace. But now there is a sense of panic because of this,” a neighbour told the newspaper at the time.

“At this stage everybody is worried about their safety because we do not know who they may be targeting next if they get away with this.”

According to a report by AfriForum, there were 57 farm murders in 2019. Recent police statistics indicate a total of 128 farm attacks were reported in the first six months of 2020.

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Presh JM Reporter

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