Woman shoots husband, mistaking him for burglar

2014-04-23 00:00

FICKSBURG — A charge of attempted murder against a woman who accidentally shot her husband on their farm in the Eastern Free State was yesterday withdrawn in the magistrate’s court.

Karen Fouché, a pharmacist in the town, appeared briefly in court and the case was withdrawn for further investigation.

Fouché was arrested on Saturday night after she mistook her husband, Frik, for a burglar and shot him twice in the body.

The incident happened at about 11.15 pm on the Fouchés’ farm Waterval when Frik returned home without his keys and then allegedly tried to cut open the security gate with a blow torch.

Fouché was awakened by the noise and shot at the “burglar”, only to discover it was her husband when she switched on the lights.

Her oldest son later posted on Facebook that the rounds went right through his father and no organs or arteries were damaged. He explained his father’s decision to cut the gate saying there is no cellphone reception at the farm and the landline was not working.

Frik was yesterday released from the Mediclinic Hoogland in Bethlehem.

Jonker Botha, Fouché’s legal representative, said his client should never have been arrested.

“The arrest was wrong because no charge was laid. The family will sort it out themselves.

“Luckily, the husband was not badly injured,” said Botha.

Fouché refused to comment.

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