Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Four in court for farm attack

19/11/2007 16:14 - (SA)

Bloemfontein - Four men appeared in the Trompsburg Magistrate's Court on Monday in connection with a farm attack, in which a farm worker was killed and the farm's owner wounded.

Inspector Harry Nagel said the case against the four men was postponed to November 22 for further investigation.

"The men will stay in police custody," he said.

The men are Jacob Malakia Tsoaela, 20, and Thabo Izak Senpe, 22, both from Trompsburg - and Richard Tumelo Masilo, 35, and Mofokeng Mokhete, 35, both from Soweto.

They face charges of murder, attempted murder and armed robbery.

Farm worker, Kallie Pieterse, 48, was killed with a piece of iron when five armed men overpowered workers at their homes on the farm Straussfontein near Trompsburg on Saturday morning.

Police said the workers were threatened with firearms, tied up with wire. Their cellphones were stolen too.

Alerted neighbours

Nagel said the men then took a house worker and went to the farmhouse where the farm owner Flip Henning, 64, was shot near his vehicle.

Henning managed to get inside the house and alert his neighbours, who cordoned off the farm.

Nagel said four of the five armed men were arrested by police and the community after the incident.

"One of the men seems to have committed suicide and fell into a nearby river," he said.

Nagel said police divers from Bloemfontein were at the scene to recover the body.

Investigators also found a vehicle that was covered with branches on the farm.

Henning, who was wounded in the stomach, was taken to hospital in Bloemfontein.


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