September 05 2006 at 06:45PM
An elderly farmer was killed and his wife and was assaulted at Albert Falls, near Pietermaritzburg, on Tuesday morning, police said.
Inspector Joey Jeevan said Eric Podolski, 71, had been tied to a tree and hit on the head in a field where he was later found dead.
Initial investigations indicated that three men had arrived at his farm asking for temporary work, which he gave them, doing bush clearing about 400m from his house.
Shortly after Podolski was attacked, the men entered the house asking Podoloski's 62-year-old wife, Miriam, for a grass cutter.
They then tied up and gagged Miriam Podoloski and ransacked the farmhouse, leaving with R1 200 cash and possibly the farmer's firearm.
Miriam Podolski broke free and alerted the police.
No arrests have been made.
Anyone with information that may assist the police in their investigation is requested to contact Inspector Robin Mays on 082-413-8474 or Captain Nico van Rensburg on 082-556-1315. - Sapa