Scrumpy Jacks bossshot dead

2009-09-15 00:00

DRAKENSBERG businessman Len Hodson, who was the co-owner of a farm store, Scrumpy Jacks, located on the R600 in the Central Drakensber­g, was shot dead by three men on Sunday afternoon during a botched armed robbery.

Hodson (55) had been operating tourist attraction Scrumpy Jacks for about four years, said his business partner Deon Stewart.

Stewart said that although he is not certain what happened at the store on Sunday, he believes things happened quickly.

From the information he has, he said, three men entered the store and tried to rob Hodson, who apparently resisted, and they shot him.

“The panic button was pushed. Therefore, I think that he did resist and that is why he was shot.”

Stewart said the three men fled the scene without taking anything.

Local farmers gave chase and even used helicopters to search for the assailants, but to no avail.

He said Sunday’s robbery attempt was not the first.

“About six months ago the store suffered a similar botched robbery incident,” he said.

Stewart said Hodson, who was the father of two boys and a girl, will be greatly missed.

“He moved to this area about six years ago and has been working at Scrumpy Jacks for about four years,” he added.

“He will be greatly missed as he was a dedicated person who worked hard with a determination to make our business successful.”

Stewart said he is no longer certain about the future of the business and will discuss it with Hodson’s family. They were expected to arrive yesterday.

Scrumpy Jacks offers activities such as horse riding, mountain biking and viewing bees in glass hives.

Police spokesman Captain Ursula Kriek confirmed the incident.

She said Hodson died 30 minutes after being shot and that paramedics were unable to save him.

Captain Kriek said a case of murder had been opened.

No one has yet been arrested for the murder.

He moved to this area about six years ago and has been working at Scrumpy Jacks for about four years. Deon Stewart.

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