‘I lost the love of my life’

2013-10-24 00:00

“I HAVE lost the love of my life …”

So said a grieving Beth Bucher, the partner of Underberg farmer Daniel Knight, who was brutally murdered last week.

Bucher is recovering from her ordeal, staying with family in Durban. She had been forced by her attackers to watch Knight being bludgeoned to death with a hammer.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday, she said her life in Underberg was over.

“I lost the love of my life in that house and I don’t think I am going to stay there again. He was slaughtered in our home.”

She said she was traumatised and still mourning the loss of her partner. “I am taking one day at a time. I am not going to lie; I am not okay.”

She said the memories of the attack “will not fade away. This was our home. I won’t be able to be alone.”

She added that she believes the suspects were in jail previously before being released.

“They come out of jail and they commit another crime. As taxpayers, we are feeding them.

“My personal feeling is that the death penalty must come back,” said Bucher.

Today she is going to identify the goods that were stolen from the house during the attack.

She said she and Knight were partners and she also assisted him with his work of timber harvesting.

She said he was her best friend and described him as a gentle, caring man. “He was there for everyone but on that night, he couldn’t protect us and I was so terrified.”

Bucher said she was thankful for the work by the police and thanked “everyone in the Himeville/Underberg community for the support they showed in the protest they had at court” on Tuesday.

“Justice must be served,” she said.

The couple were attacked by five men in their home last Thursday night.

After they made her watch Knight being assaulted, they locked her in the bathroom, but she later escaped through a window.

Tsepiso Sthembiso Ramanyane (20), Bonginkosi Eric Nyawose (33) both from Bulwer, and Thabo Dlamini (22) from Himeville appeared again at a packed Himeville Magistrate’s Court yesterday in connection with the case. Dlamini is yet to get legal representation. The matter was adjourned until October 30.

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