Bittersweet relief for kin

2016-07-12 12:23
Midlands Mondi safety facilitator Sarel Theron was brutally murdered on Sunday evening with the robbers escaping with only his cellphone and laptop.

Midlands Mondi safety facilitator Sarel Theron was brutally murdered on Sunday evening with the robbers escaping with only his cellphone and laptop. (Supplied )

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Pietermaritzburg - The heartbroken family of a Greytown man who was killed in a farm attack last week are “relieved” that the alleged killers have been caught.

Greytown Mondi safety facilitator Sarel Theron was found in a pool of blood by a colleague last Tuesday at his home in Mistly Farm, Seven Oaks near Greytown.

The Witness reported last week that Theron had been at home on Sunday, July 3, when three men allegedly entered his property.

It is believed Theron went to investigate a noise outside when he was attacked and stabbed in the leg.

It is believed he managed to escape the attackers, lock himself in the house and bandage his leg before the men bashed down the door, allegedly stabbing and strangling him.

Theron’s cellphone and laptop as well as a few other items were stolen before the men fled the property.

In a joint operation, Greytown police and Greytown’s Field Security worked around the clock to track the men behind the gruesome murder before they were arrested last week.

Their hard work yielded positive results when they arrested two suspects for the murder and house robbery.

The two men, both aged 18, appeared in the Greytown Magistrate’s Court yesterday on charges of murder and house robbery.

Theron’s daughter, Marise Theron (20), said the entire family was “shocked and heartbroken” over Theron’s murder.

“It has been difficult to accept that he has gone and that he lost his life just for a few items,” she said.

Marise said her brother, Sarel Dawid (24), and the rest of the family had all been close to Theron although they had lived far apart.

“When I heard that the men had been caught, I felt relieved.

“I feel that justice is going to be served.”

Theron’s sister, Hanlie Barnard, said she was “very glad” the men had been caught so quickly.

“It was such a waste of a life and we are all heartbroken but we are glad that those men were caught so quickly.”

KZN acting provincial commissioner Bhekinkosi Langa “praised the members for working hard in apprehending the culprits”.

“The men will be profiled to check if they can be linked to other house robberies reported in Greytown and surrounding areas,” Langa said.

He also appealed to the community not to buy stolen goods and said those who are found in possession of stolen goods will be prosecuted.

Theron’s funeral will be held at the Oasis Church in Howick on Thursday at 10 am.

• chelsea.pieterse@witness.co.za

THE Mooi River couple who were attacked by two robbers on Saturday said yesterday they are “happy” to hear that the attackers have been caught.

Bergview farm owner Alan Trowsdale and wife Sally Arronsmith (both aged 72) were attacked at their home after two men entered their house through the thatch roof. Trowsdale fired a few shots at the robbers before his gun jammed and the men beat him and his wife with a golf club.

“They hit my wife over the head with the club. I just saw she was bleeding and then they came toward me,” said Trowsdale.

“While I was involved in a tussle with the two men, my wife managed to get away and call the police and the neighbours. Within a few minutes, a few of the neighbours showed up and as soon as the robbers saw the headlights they made a run for it.” — WR.

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