Not guilty of attempted murder... 13 years later

2010-11-18 09:30

A farmer from Wolmaransstad in the North West has been found not guilty on a charge of attempted murder, 13 years after an incident on his farm.

In 1997, Franz Marx (47) said he saw three men walking on his farm with a bag, at about the same time that he had received information that there were men on his farm suspected of planning a farm attack, Beeld reported.

“When they saw me, they dropped the bag. One of them hit me with a rock and the others threw stones at me,” he said.

“I hit them with my pistol to defend myself. One of them fell into a hole and sustained head injuries, but I couldn’t see any injuries on the other one. The third man ran away.”

The court found this week that the testimony of the plaintiffs, Johannes Thole and George Nduli, had been inconsistent, contradictory and unreliable.

Charges of pointing a firearm and defeating the ends of justice against Marx were also dropped.

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