Wounded farmer fights back

2012-06-15 10:39
A cap lies at the door of the Free State farmhouse where a young gardener shot and wounded both the domestic worker and the farmer before fleeing. (Conrad Bornman, Volksblad)

A cap lies at the door of the Free State farmhouse where a young gardener shot and wounded both the domestic worker and the farmer before fleeing. (Conrad Bornman, Volksblad)

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Bloemfontein - A farmer who was shot and wounded by his young gardener fought back as the second shot misfired, managing to scare off his attacker.

Volksblad reported that the gardener had first shot the domestic worker on the farm near Bloemfontein and then had waited for Leonard Haasbroek, 58, to come home.

The gardener, who is apparently still a minor, worked in the garden on Thursdays.

After firing the first shot, he tried to shoot Haasbroek a second time but the firearm jammed, which was when Haasbroek jumped him to disarm him.

The gardener wriggled free of his jacket and jersey and ran off but was apprehended by a police officer and arrested.

Only a few rands were missing from a wallet and it is unclear what the motive for the attack was.

Both the wounded farmer and the domestic worker - who was shot in the arm - were taken to hospital.  
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