Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Robbers shoot feisty farmer

03/11/2008 22:32 - (SA)

Daleen van Manen, Beeld

Brits - A farmer from Mamogaleskraal in North West was shot and killed in the early hours of Monday morning during a struggle with three armed robbers through a broken bedroom window.

Brink Botha, 53, a well-known boerbull breeder and farmer from the area, was shot twice in the chest when he wanted to prevent the robbers from climbing in through the window after they had poisoned six of the family's dogs.

Brink and his wife, Christelle, 39, woke up at about 03:00 when they heard the sound of a breaking window.

"We jumped up and Brink rushed to the window," Christelle said on Monday morning.

They wanted money

"He struggled with the robbers to keep them out, and then they shot him.

"He fell and I ran to the study to get the pistol from the safe.

"I heard a shot and then one of them was there with me."

The robbers forced the Brinks' 13-year-old daughter, Odelia, and her mother to unlock the safe in the study.

"The demanded money the whole time. The pistol was in the safe, along with other weapons, but all they wanted was money.

"I gave them the R200 in my handbag.

"They took the cellphones, went through the cupboards and then demanded all the keys and the remote control."

The robbers tied up Christelle and Odelia and locked them in the study before fleeing in the family's Corsa bakkie.

Mother and daughter manage to free themselves and broke the study window to get out.

"We were trapped in the yard because the robbers had left with the remote control. We kept on sounding the horn of one of the vehicles to wake the workers."

They drove to the neighbours and called the emergency services and the police.

Police spokesperson Inspector Brian Dlamini said the Corsa bakkie was found shortly after the attack in the De Wildt area.

"The robbers seemed to have crawled in under the electrical fence. The alarm on the fence did not go off."

- Beeld


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