Saturday, 13 January 2007

Elderly farmer murdered

January 12 2007 at 04:54PM

A 70-year-old farmer was murdered and his wife injured in a robbery at their farmhouse near Roossenekal in Mpumalanga, police said on Friday.

Their two attackers apparently used a wooden block to lift the electric fence around the Honingdraai farm and crawled into the yard on Thursday afternoon, said Captain Klaas Maloka.

"The suspects then gained entry through the kitchen door and held the woman and her husband at gunpoint," he said.

"The men tied the couple's hands and feet with ropes. They took the farmer's three pistols and one of the men shot the farmer in the forehead."

Maloka said the men fled on Thursday night in the farmer's bakkie.

His 58-year-old wife freed herself shortly after the men left.

"She spent the night in the bushes and went to her employee's house this morning (Friday) to get help," said Maloka.

Police found her husband at 5.30am on Friday.

Maloka said no arrests had been made.

The farmer was the second killed this week. On Tuesday a 56-year-old man was clubbed to death with knobkerries and sticks at a meeting with squatters on the farm he managed near Melmoth in KwaZulu-Natal.

Kenneth Lionel Eva was thought to have been attacked by 250 members of the eSibhonsweni community when he fired a shot into the air during an argument over ownership of the New Venture farm. - Sapa


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