…killed victims over alleged debt
THE family members of two people killed within a span of two days by an enraged man last year will now get closure after a high court decision to sentence the perpetrator to an effective life imprisonment.
Lukas Kashonga, age 32, was employed as a farm worker when he admitted to the killing of another farm worker, 51-year-old Hendrik Beukes.
Beukes was stoned to death.
Kashonga also admitted that he fatally stabbed Daniella Swartbooi, an incident that also occurred at Rehoboth.
Today, Acting Judge Orben Sibeya sentenced Kashonga to life imprisonment on the double murder charges.
What this essentially means is that Kashonga will spend 25 years in jail until he is eligible for parole. In addition to the murder charges, Kashonga is also convicted on a charge of housebreaking with intent to steal.
During the trial, Kashonga admitted that he had killed Beukes after the two had gone out to drink. His version of events is that he had asked for his money from Beukes and that a physical fight ensued.
In the second incident, he said he also asked Swaartbooi about money owed to him.