Sunday, 31 May 2009

Killers leave man's Merc 4x4

28/05/2009 22:36 - (SA)

Hilda Fourie, Beeld

Pretoria - An 80-year-old woman on Thursday found the body of her murdered stepson in front of his garage on his smallholding in Mnandi, Centurion.

Bernie Leibbrandt, 66, had been shot in the head.

"They took his cellphone. Not his new Mercedes 4X4. Nothing, nothing. Bugger-all," said his best friend, Rudolph du Plessis, 43.

"This was no robbery, it wasn't a break-in, it was just plain murder."

Leibbrandt, who also lives in Mnandi, had been visiting Du Plessis on Wednesday night. Just before 21:00, Leibbrandt went back to his smallholding. It borders on an upmarket golf estate.

"When he arrived at his smallholding, he was shot in the head," said Du Plessis. "He even fell on the bag of potatoes I gave him."

A friend of Leibbrandt's, Rosaly Seidler, said his stepmother, Vera Leibbrandt, 80, found his body in front of the garage on Thursday morning at about 08:00. Vera lives in another house on the same smallholding.

She became concerned when he didn't answer his cellphone, so she went to his house.

Seidler said some of Leibbrandt's possessions were on the stoep, but nothing was gone except for the cellphone.

"It's so sad and senseless. I have no idea what the motive could have been," she said.

"I'm bitterly sad that someone has done this to my pal," Du Plessis said. "He had a heart of gold. He was adored by each and every person he met.

"I'm his closest pal. He was like a father to me."

- Beeld


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