28/08/2007 12:41 - (SA)
Johannesburg - In his dying breath, an elderly Klerksdorp handyman told police he had been attacked by the men who worked for him, North West police said on Tuesday.
Hannes van Wyk, 70, was beaten with a spade, stabbed several times and left for dead behind the garage of the home in Wilkoppies where he and his crew were working on Monday, said Superintendent Louis Jacobs.
The 10-year-old son of the owners stumbled across the critically injured man at 17:00 when he heard noises and went to investigate.
Van Wyk was still alive when paramedics arrived. As he drew his last breaths, he told the police it was his workers who had attacked him.
It was then that the police realised the two workers had made off in Van Wyk's bakkie. The vehicle was later found abandoned on the outskirts of Klerksdorp, on the road to Stilfontein.
Although four men in the vicinity were picked up by the police for questioning, they had since been released as they could not be linked to the incident, said Jacobs. Investigations were continuing, he said.
He said that apart from the bakkie, nothing was taken "that we know of".