Swift arrest in Himeville farm murder

2013-11-26 00:00

HIMEVILLE police officers have moved swiftly to arrest a young man suspected of murdering a Himeville farm-sitter over the weekend.

The 21-year-old suspect was arrested less than 24 hours after he allegedly shot Ian Fellows (71) on Saturday night.

Fellows, a retired farmer who was a farm-sitter, was shot at least three times at Ringstead farm just before midnight on Saturday. The suspect allegedly stole a car, which he rolled, and some household items.

The accused is expected to appear in court tomorrow.

The attack comes barely a few weeks after another farmer, Dan Knight (56), was attacked at his Outlook farm at Himeville, near Underberg.

The Underberg/Himeville Community Watch posted a congratulatory message to the police on its Facebook page.

“Congratulations to our local police and CID unit for making a quick arrest and recovering the stolen property,” it read.

Rob Stayt, of the Community Watch, said the unemployed suspect was from Glenlea farm, but living in low-cost housing in Underberg.

He said the 16-gauge shotgun, vehicle, chainsaw, brushcutter and other items that were missing from the farm house were also recovered.

“I appeal to every property owner in our district, to ensure that their personal home security is looked into and tightened up. We can advise, as we have done, but we cannot do it all for you,” said Stayt.

A source in the area said the Fellows family was still very shocked and traumatised by the killing.

Kwanalu’s Koos Marais said they were happy with the speedy action by the Himeville police officers. “We appreciate the work done by the police and we hope that the courts will send a strong message to rural criminals.”

Police spokesperson Thulani Zwane confirmed that a man had been arrested for the murder and was due to appear in the Himeville Magistrate’s Court tomorrow.

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