Suspected 'farm attacker' shot and killed in KZN

2015-09-07 13:08

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Durban - A suspected "house robber" was shot and killed by a Richmond farmer during what was understood to be a farm attack late on Sunday night.

The man, allegedly armed with a gardening implement, was felled by a single gunshot wound to the face.

KwaZulu-Natal police had registered a murder docket and were probing the killing - following a string of farm attacks in the province.

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane confirmed the incident.

"A 30-year-old man was killed when he sustained a single gunshot wound to the right eye," he said.

"We believe this man was part of a group who allegedly tried to gain access to a house at Sunnyhill Farm in Richmond. It is alleged the deceased had been armed with a slasher or another garden tool. He was not carrying a gun," Zwane said.

He said a case of murder had been registered and detectives would continue the investigation.

News24’s efforts to contact the farm proved fruitless at the time of publishing.

A call to a business being run from the farm was fielded by a woman who would only identify herself as Marlise and was insistent she was told not to reveal any details about "the incident".

Last week, a Melmoth couple were held against their will and badly beaten by a gang of farm attackers. 

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