Brit 'who loved SA' brutally killed on farm

2012-11-26 08:31
Chris Preece (Volksblad)

Chris Preece (Volksblad)

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Bloemfontein - A British man who fell in love with South Africa was brutally killed on the dream farm that he wanted to turn into a nature reserve on Saturday night.

Chris Preece, 54, died and his wife Felicity, 56, was seriously injured when three men attacked them with knives and pangas on their Ficksburg farm, reported Volksblad.

The couple were attacked by three men who were believed to be from Lesotho.

The dogs were believed to have been poisoned after Preece took them out one last time that night.

He became worried when they didn’t come back and the attack took place shortly afterwards.

“The robbers threw her [Felicity] against the walls, slashed her and left her for dead covered in blood.

“And for what? A bit of money, a wallet and a few cellphones,” said daughter-in-law Jeanné Preece

“I tell people this wasn’t a farm murder! He wasn’t a farmer. He was in love with this land.”

Preece said her father-in-law wanted to turn his farm Fleur de Lys into a nature reserve and rehabilitation centre for owls and cheetahs.

The geo-engineering consultant was originally from the UK and worked in Johannesburg, spending only weekends on the farm, while his wife and relatives lived on the farm.

The murdered man’s wife sustained a skull fracture but was said to be in a stable condition in hospital.

The three men are still on the run.

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