JeVanne Gibbs
1 minute read
23 Feb 2014
6:00 am

Axe murderer is ‘just my humble buddy’

JeVanne Gibbs

'We shared a desk back in high school and he was very humble. He laughed with everyone; he was one of my buddies at school."

Lucas Masia stands in the dock at the Vereeniging Regional Court, 21 January 2014. He is appearing on charges of killing his relatives with an axe in Orange Farm. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

This is how Sello Mothwa, a former schoolfriend, remembers Lucas Masia, the man who hacked three members of his family brutally to death with an axe.

It is believed the trial of 25-year-old Masia would be heard in the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court, following another postponement (to March 25) yesterday.

A court official said the trial is likely to be heard during a Johannesburg High Court sitting due to the severity of the case.

Masia had confessed in court to killing his 60-year-old grandmother and two other female relatives, aged 26 and 28.

The two younger women died on the scene, while the grandmother died on the way to hospital.

Masia’s two male cousins, aged 17 and 18, were injured during the attack and were taken to a nearby hospital in a critical condition. He allegedly also attacked a six-year-old relative, who escaped unharmed.

During Masia’s last appearance in court, Magistrate Leon Ferreira said Masia had to undertake an evaluation at the Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital in Krugersdorp, west of Johannesburg.

After confessing to the murders, the court heard Masia would not be allowed to enter into a plea bargain. His lawyers had also indicated he would not be applying for bail.

Following speculation about Masia’s mental health when the murders were committed, his former friend Mothwa said he can only wonder what went wrong…