'Today I'm going to kill you' - attacker to Free State farmer

2017-05-02 12:11
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Bloemfontein – "Today I’m going to kill you," an attacker repeatedly shouted at farmer Richard "Dick" Osborne as he assaulted him on Saturday morning. 

Osborne, 67, who was attacked on his farm in the Tweespruit district, is recovering in a hospital in Bloemfontein, Netwerk24 reported. He is still in a lot of pain.

He was held up with a speargun and stabbed six times with a sharpened blade.

According to Osborne’s life partner Janette Biggs, there are no indications as to when he would be discharged from the Bloemfontein Mediclinic. However, his condition had improved slightly by Monday.

"He is still in a lot of pain," said Biggs. He is struggling to breathe, so we are trying to keep him as quiet as possible."

Osborne told his neighbour and friend, Ben Nothnagel, who had come to his aid after the attack, that he probably owed his life to his Australian Cattle Dog, Jack.

"Jack started biting the attacker," said Nothnagel.

Jack was also stabbed three times with the sharpened blade by the attacker.

"A vet has since treated his wounds and stitched him up."

'We won't live in fear'

Biggs said it was important that the public help track down "the thug who had tried to kill the love of my life".

"We are farmers who support our workers and retired workers staying on the farm and we treat them well. Yet this man was hell bent on killing Richard.

"Richard treats all our workers fairly, but this man came to our house with a single purpose – to kill.

"But we won’t be chased out of our house or off our farm. And we won’t live in fear.

"We are proud South Africans who love our country and until there is proper accountability and policing in rural areas, all we can rely on for our safety is the community."

Biggs has requested that anyone who saw or offered a lift to a man between 07:00 and 07:30 on Saturday on the N8 near Tweespruit contact the police.

The man, in his mid-20s, was wearing a grey short-sleeved shirt.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Martin Xuma said no arrests had been made.

He said charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and vehicle theft were being investigated.

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