Monday, 7 April 2008

Farmer stabbed in bed

06/04/2008 14:23 - (SA)

Johannesburg - A 68-year-old man was stabbed and killed on his Ventersdorp farm during an armed robbery, North West police said on Sunday.

Superintendent Louis Jacobs said four men attacked Pieter Heynecke and his partner Elsie Nortman, 46, while they were sleeping at around 01:00 on Saturday.

He said Nortman had woken up feeling that someone was pressing down on her and realised there was a man on top of her, and another man on top of, and stabbing, Heynecke.

She realised there were another two men in the room.

Jacobs said the men were demanding money.

When Heynecke tried the resist the attack the men ran away, taking a cellphone with them.

Heynecke died shortly afterwards of stab wounds to the chest.

Nortman was not injured.

No arrests had been made but police were questioning a man on Sunday.

The men gained access to the house through a window in the living area.

Meanwhile, two men were arrested on Friday in connection with the murder and robbery of another elderly man in Klerksdorp.

Jacobs said the men, aged 25 and 28, allegedly beat and killed 85-year-old Albert Johnson in his home last weekend.

He died of head injuries.

The men were arrested in Jouberton, outside Klerksdorp on Friday. Some of the items stolen from Johnson's home were found in their possession, he said.

The men were expected to appear in the Klerksdorp Magistrate's Court on Monday.


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