Albert Falls farmer slain

2010-09-06 00:00

THE grieving family of slain Albert Falls farmer Radash Anandlal (52) remain unconvinced about the motive for the attack, saying they hope investigations will reveal the true reason for what they describe as a “hate crime”.

Anandlal was shot in the head, allegedly with his own gun, hacked on the neck and body, and allegedly also kicked in the face by his attacker, who was later arrested.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday, Anandlal’s son Amit (26) said the suspect lives close to his father’s home — on a neighbouring farm — and that his father often gave him food and water. “He trusted him.”

Amit said the man was found with blood and hair on his shoes and was wearing bloodied clothes.

It appears that Anandlal was overpowered as he did his rounds on the farm late on Saturday night. He had locked the farmhouse behind him.

Amit said someone had gone through his father’s house, eaten food in the kitchen, and left chicken bones in a pot.

A cellphone, a small amount of cash and two firearms were stolen, but, despite all the blood found on the suspect, there was no blood found in the house.

Amit said the suspect kept all the evidence of his bloodied clothes and stolen goods in his house 100 m away from the murder scene.

He said the suspect was paid on Friday, so the family do not believe the murder was motivated by robbery. “He left the TV, DVD and other things.”

Anandlal lived alone at Thornridge farm on the Greytown Road where he farmed livestock.

The family believe the farmland is highly desirable as it has a good water supply from a dam.

Anandlal’s brother, Rakesh, revealed that he and his brother received a death threat on the night of July 10. “An Indian guy called me from a landline number and threatened that we would be murdered and our heads chopped off.”

They did not report the death threat then and he said he has no idea what it related to.

Rakesh said his brother alerted him on Friday night that someone was stealing his sheep.

“With the help of two employees they managed to bring the sheep back into the pens and the suspects disappeared into the dark. I asked him to get back into the house and call the police. He did, saying everything was under control.”

Rakesh received the tragic news on the following day. When he arrived at the farm with the police, Anandlal’s body was lying in a pool of blood in the yard.

He added that he saw the suspect on Friday afternoon stumbling and crawling along the road. “I thought he might be drunk, but he then stood up and walked perfectly normally the last 40 m to his home.”

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan confirmed the incident and said they have no other suspects to link to the case at this stage.

She said police arrested the 30-year-old suspect, who was asleep and drunk when he was found at his home after labourers said he had been arguing with them the previous night.

Read related article: Second murder in two weeks in Albert Falls area

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