Farmer, brother shot point blank

2015-06-04 08:37
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A ZULULAND farmer and his brother were accosted by armed gunmen outside their home, told to lie down and shot in cold blood.

The bothers Peter (56) and Ian (54) Johnson were both shot on Tuesday evening as they were about to have dinner at Ian’s home at KwaNyoni near Stanger.

Peter was shot through the heart and died at the scene while Ian was shot in the face and leg. He was rushed to hospital and will have to undergo facial surgery.

Peter was a sugarcane farmer and Ian had just recently retired after 11 years as Mill Group Board chairperson.

The attack, which has shocked the farming ­community, has prompted farmers and businesses to raise a R50 000 reward for information on those behind the attack.

The police have also launched a manhunt for the ­suspects.

David Littley, the chairperson of the Amatikulu Local Grower Council, said Ian and his wife Cheryl had just returned from a late afternoon walk with their dog when Peter arrived to join them for dinner.

“When Ian went out to greet his brother, two men emerged from the darkness and ordered them to lie down.

“As Ian complied, both he and Peter were shot. Peter was fatally wounded being presumably shot through the heart,” said Littley in a statement.

He said: “Ian received a serious facial wound. As he ran for the house, he was wounded in the foot by another shot. He nevertheless reached the house.

“He and his wife retreated into his study from where they were able to raise the alarm,” Littley continued.

He said the gunmen tried to batter down the door but failed. They broke the window to open the door but were forced to flee as the Johnsons had raised the alarm, alerting local farmers and the Amatikulu Farm Watch patrol.

Littley said the suspects were tracked by local farmers’ dogs.

“Four had escaped in one direction and one of them then split off in a different direction. This has raised the suspicion that the fourth assailant might have been a local resident.

“We extend our deepest sympathy to Peter’s family and our hopes and prayers for Ian’s speedy and complete recovery from his wounds,” said Littley

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