Inside job suspected in deadly farm attack

2015-06-06 09:56


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THE murder of a farmer and the shooting of his brother in Nyoni near Zululand earlier this week is suspected to be an inside job.

The police have arrested a 42-year-old man and a 53-year-old woman in connection with the attack on Wednesday night. They are also tracing other suspects.

Peter Johnson (56) was killed while his brother Ian (54) was injured after they were cornered by unknown armed men at Ian’s home. They were ordered to lie down and were shot. Peter was shot in the chest and Ian was rushed to hospital with injuries to his face and leg.

A source aware of the arrest said they suspect the attack was an inside job.

The farmers in the area previously raised similar concerns. They said when the dogs were tracing the suspects following the attack, one of the suspects had broken from the group and taken a different direction, which suggested that person could have been a local resident.

“We said there was something strange about this attack. If you have a dog and a stranger arrives, it will bark, but if a friend arrives, it will wag its tail,” said the source, implying the family dogs did not raise the alarm when the attackers arrived because they were familiar.

Koos Marais of the KwaNalu security desk said they were grateful for the work done by the SAPS.

“We hope the case is brought to court and justice is done so that it deters any would-be farmer murderer.”

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said the SAPS “worked around the clock to trace the suspects”.

Naicker could not speak on any possible link between the family and the attackers

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