Thursday, 18 March 2010

Game farm dream becomes a bloody nightmare

Hanti Otto

March 16 2010 at 09:00AM

When he retired, it was Albert van Deventer's dream to build a house for himself and his wife on a game farm. But on Saturday, armed men killed the 64-year-old and assaulted his wife.

Van Deventer was shot at about 7pm when he went outside to move the sprinkler. He was shot in the face from close range. It was the second time he had moved the sprinkler that evening, which led his family to think his attackers were lying in wait.

After the attackers killed Van Deventer, they ran to the kitchen, where his wife Hannetjie was. They tied her up, blindfolded her and dragged her around.

"They asked for the keys to the gun safe where my dad kept his hunting rifles. They also wanted money," daughter Liza said.

Her mother was assaulted and threatened until the attackers left her tied up. They left with Van Deventer's bakkie, the safe and cellphones.

This article was originally published on page 2 of The Star on March 16, 2010


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