Farmer 'still alive' when dragged

2010-05-28 11:04
Johannesburg - The farmer who was murdered on his farm outside Potchefstroom was still alive when he was dragged behind his bakkie.

Johan Strydom's liver burst, the back of his skull was crushed and there were drag marks all over his body.

"He lay with his face to the ground and there was a chain around his left ankle," said Warrant Officer Kevin Pretorius on Thursday during the bail application of two of the three accused, Simphiwe Tueng, 19, and Soul Letsie, 21, in the Potchefstroom Magistrate's Court.

Strydom, 40, was killed on his farm in the Buffelshoek area on May 15.

Post-mortem results

Strydom was hit with an iron rod at about 12:00 at his gate before he was dragged by a chain to his storehouse.

Strydom's friends, who were in court on Thursday, were shocked when Pretorius testified about the findings of the post-mortem.

Pretorius also testified that Tueng and Jonathan Sekgole, 21, the other accused, also had to appear in the D Court in the same magistrate's court in connection with an incident in March where another farmer had been shot with a presumably stolen shotgun.

Tueng indicated that the charge against him was illegal possession of a firearm and not attempted murder.

Sekgole was released on bail of R2 000 for the attack on the other farmer four days before Strydom's murder.

Magistrate Charles Eckley said he wanted more information about Tueng and Letsie's alleged involvement in the incident before he made a decision about their bail applications.

Sekgole didn't apply for bail.

Stolen goods


According to Pretorius, he had arrested Sekgole on the Saturday evening after Strydom's murder when he found goods in his possession that linked him to the murder.

Pretorius then went to Tueng's home and found Strydom's wallet and DVD player.

"He (Tueng) then went to his TV, opened the back and showed two sets of keys and several bank cards. After investigation we established that these belonged to the deceased and had been stolen on the day of the murder."

Strydom's cellphone was then found in Letsie's house.

The court was awaiting the results of DNA tests and finger and footprint that had been taken on the scene before deciding on Tueng and Letsie's bail applications.

The case was postponed to June 3.

Read more on:    mafikeng  |  farm attacks
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
/News
 
 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

This all-terrain vehicle is badass!
The TRUTH about painkillers and exercise
WIN! Where were you when you last felt alive?
Watch: Fishing under ice

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Deal of the week!

Save R1200 on the Samsung 48” smart full HD LED television now only R8799. Buy now!

Toys 4 for the price of 3

Buy 4 toys and get the cheapest FREE! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing prices – As seen on TV

Get mind blowing prices on 1000’s of products! Shop now.

Save 20% on Nivea beauty products!

Buy any two Nivea beauty products and save 20%. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R1000 on electronics!

Get mind blowing savings on top electronic products. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may be spending too much time organising and trying to control things to make sure everything is perfect instead of just...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.