Thursday, 18 March 2010

Sleeping farmer shot

March 14 2010 at 11:18PM

A 46-year-old farmer was shot through his bedroom window while sleeping on his farm near Potchefstroom, North West police said on Sunday.

The man was shot at around midnight on Saturday on the farm Rietfontein in the Buffelshoek district, between Potchefstroom and Parys, spokesperson Inspector Wilmarie van der Merwe said.

A shotgun was used in the attack.

"They (the attackers) did not break into the house and nothing was stolen."

Police did not know the motive of the shooting, nor how many attackers there were.

The man's father, who lives with him on the farm, was also in the house at the time of the shooting, but was not injured.

ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said the man was taken to Potchefstroom Provincial Hospital.

"He had multiple wounds on the right-hand side of his back. His wounds are deemed to be critical."

A case of attempted murder was opened. - Sapa


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