The men were found guilty of brutally murdering a British expat on a farm near Dullstroom in 2017.

 Sue Howarth and her best friend Claire Taylor shortly before Howarth’s passing in Life Midmed Hospital.

Sentencing proceedings against two men, convicted of murdering British expat Sue Howarth in 2017, will take place in the Breyten High Court on Thursday.

The two convicted murderers, brothers Nkosinathi and Themba William Yika, alongside Lucas Makua, who has since passed away, were all found guilty of the murder of Howarth during an attack at her Marchlands farm near Dullstroom on February 17, 2017.

Howarth was shot and dumped next to the road alongside her husband Robert Lynn after a brutal attack on their farm, in which Lynn was tortured with a blow torch.

The trio were convicted on charges of murder and attempted murder in March this year.

Nkosinathi and William Yika and Lucas Makua – the accused in the Sue Howarth murder trial. Lucas Makua has since died.

They were also convicted on a slew of other counts, including housebreaking with intent to rob, aggravated robbery, illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of ammunition, the discharge of a firearm in a public setting, theft and two counts of kidnapping.

Pre-sentence reports were handed in during today’s proceedings, alongside a victim impact statement from Lynn, who has since moved back to the UK.

Howarth’s best friend, Claire Taylor, also addressed the court in aggravation of sentencing through a victim impact statement read aloud in court.

Taylor said she still has to deal with the trauma after having to identify Howarth’s body following a post-mortem.

Sue Howarth.

She remained at Howarth’s side after the attack until her passing at Life Midmed Hospital. Howarth was shot in the head while lying asleep in her bed while the housebreaking unfolded.

The state argued for life sentences.

• Lucas Makua passed away in custody following his conviction alongside the Yika brothers.

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