3 arrested for brutal Dullstroom farm attack

2017-02-25 14:12


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Mpumalanga – Three people have been arrested in connection with the brutal attack on an elderly couple on their farm in Dullstroom, Mpumalanga, police said.

The suspects are between the ages of 23 and 32 and were traced to Belfast and arrested on Friday.

Sue Howarth, 64, and her husband Robert Lynn, 66, were attacked in their home at Marchland Farm on Sunday, February 19 and severely injured.

Howarth was shot and Lynn was assaulted during the attack and robbery that took place at around 03:00.

Burnt with blowtorch

They were put into their blue Nissan double cab bakkie and dumped in bushes along the road by the robbers, who drove off with their camera, cellphones and cash.

Netwerk24 reported that a passerby found Howarth naked and bound in the veld on the side of the road, with a plastic bag around her neck.

Lynn had been stabbed several times and was burnt with a blowtorch.

Howarth died in hospital on February 21. She had been living in South Africa for 20 years after moving over from the UK. The Citizen reported that Lynn was discharged on Wednesday.

The three will appear in the Belfast Magistrate’s Court on Monday to face charges of murder, house robbery, attempted murder and possession of an unlicensed firearm. Police would also establish whether they can be linked to other crimes.

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