07/05/2006 18:05 - (SA)
Johannesburg - A 59-year-old farmer was shot dead and his wife was wounded on Sunday during an armed robbery on their farm at Excelsior in the eastern Free State police said.
Spokesperson Superintendent Motarafi Ntepe said Nico Bezuidenhout died instantly after he was shot in the chest.
According to Ntepe the couple arrived at their property, Damfarm, after church and found five men waiting for them at the farm's tuckshop at 11:00.
She said one of the men then produced a firearm and fatally shot Bezuidenhout in the chest.
She said the gang then demanded firearms and cash from his 57-year-old wife, Belliene. After they failed to open a safe in the farm house, they also shot her in the head.
"They fled the scene in their own vehicle and the couple's bakkie, which was found abandoned between Excelsior and Winburg," said Ntepe.
She said the farmer's wife managed to drive to a neighbouring farm, from where she was rushed to Winburg Provincial Hospital.
Ntepe said the men were still at large and a case of armed robbery had been opened.