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Farmer accused of beating Flippie kills himself

By admin
04 September 2013

The Western Cape farmer who was facing charges of assaulting farmworker Flippie Engelbrecht has reportedly committed suicide.

Johnny Burger, the owner of Rietvallei Wines, died on Tuesday morning, according to Rapport.

A family friend told Rapport that Burger had shot himself.

Burger and his farm manager, Wilhelm (Dozi) Treurnicht faced two charges of assault after beating up farmworker Flip Engelbrecht and his son, Flippie, in 2008.

Flippie, now 20, was left epileptic and blind. He later fell into a fire during a seizure, which resulted in both of his hands being amputated. He subsequently launched a damages claim against the two men.

Burger and Treurnicht appeared in the Ashton Magistrate's Court last week.

According to Eyewitness News, police confirmed that an inquest case docket had been opened following the death of the farmer.

2OceansVibe reported that Burger had recently received a large amount of criticism via social media for the alleged assault, and was worried that the negative publicity would lead to the estate's "John B" wines being pulled from supermarket shelves.