Six arrested over murder of Free State farm family

2010-12-03 07:32

Six people have been arrested and were being questioned over the brutal murder of a Lindley family.

“The investigating team managed to take six people into custody, and they are being questioned,” Colonel Motantsi Makhele said yesterday.

A team consisting of members attached to Organised Crime, Crime Intelligence and Visible Policing started following leads and information from the scene.

“At about 2.30pm, they managed to track down six possible suspects, one firearm whose ownership couldn’t be verified yet, and the bank cards belonging to the 40-year-old deceased.”

Three of the suspects were arrested on the farm, while other three were picked up in Lindley, Makhele said.

Most of these suspects are in their early twenties.

Attie Potgieter, his wife, Wilma, and their daughter, Willemien (3), were found murdered on their farm yesterday morning.
It seemed the farmer, in his forties, was stabbed, while his wife and daughter were shot.

Commercial farming body Free State Agriculture condemned the killing.

“We condemn the senseless murder in the strongest possible terms,” said Free State Agriculture chief executive Henk Vermeulen.

Vermeulen said the criminals showed that they had no respect for “civilisation, people’s lives” and law-abiding citizens.
“Criminals assume they have the right to attack citizens and, in this case, murder them.”

He expressed the organisation’s sympathy to the Potgieter family, and urged farmers in the Free State to get involved in the Free State Agriculture and the police’s rural safety plan.

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