Victim fears for his life as attacker out on R500 bail

2012-12-10 00:00

A GREYTOWN farmer fears for his life after a man arrested for attacking and leaving him for dead was released on R500 bail.

Adrian Chaning-Pearce was stabbed eight times in his office on the evening of November 7.

“Three men came into my office as I was working at around 5.30 or 5.45 one evening. They came in and said they wanted money.”

The men, armed with guns and knives, beat him up and then opened a safe in his office, from where they took money and a firearm.

“I’d had surgery on my shoulder a week before, so my arm was in a sling. I tried to fight them off as I thought I’d have half a chance,” he said.

Chaning-Pearce was stabbed eight times in the attempt. A shot was also fired — it missed — and they left him for dead.

One man was later arrested, but the farmer was disheartened when the man was released on R500 bail.

“This guy is walking around free and he might come for me as I am the only witness to the case.

“They also took my firearm, so I have no way of defending myself,” said the married father of two.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson said she could not comment on the matter as she was unable to get hold of the prosecutor who dealt with the matter yesterday.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said Greytown detectives were investigating the case.

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