Saturday, 18 November 2006

Free State farmer, wife killed

November 17 2006 at 01:57PM

Police are looking for four suspects after a Free State farmer and his wife were killed on their farm Rietfontein near Verkeerdevlei, police said on Friday.

Sergeant Thandi Mbambo said Eugene Fourie, 56 and his wife Annamarie, 52, were shot around 9pm on Thursday. The couple's daughter Annerette was also shot and was in a serious but stable condition in the Medi Clinic Hospital in Bloemfontein.

"Eugene Fourie saw his neighbour out after they ate supper. As he was returning to the house the neighbour heard shots... and saw Eugene fall near the front door," said Mbambo. Shot several times, he died at the scene.

Mbambo said Fourie's wife and daughter were also shot at. Police found them in their kitchen where they had apparently locked themselves in.

"It was suspected that the whole family was shot at while outside and that the wife and daughter managed to run back into the house where they locked themselves in the kitchen".

Mbambo said eight cartridges were found outside the house, five of which were found beneath Fourie's body.

"It was later discovered that three hunting rifles and a pistol were missing from the safe." Police said they were looking for three to four suspects seen fleeing from the scene.

Mbambo said the motive for the attack was still unknown and anyone with information should contact Detective Inspector Derrick van Rhijn at the Bloemfontein Serious and Violent Crimes Unit on 082-705-8264. - Sapa


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