Wife, sons watch in horror as gang kills farmer

2015-09-01 12:05
(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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Durban - A Camperdown farmer has been shot and killed while his wife and two sons watched in horror in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The farmer, whose identity has been withheld until his family is notified, is understood to have scuffled with a gang of seven men who stormed his home.

Magma Security head Shaheen Suleiman said that the attack occurred shortly after midnight.

“What we know at this stage is that seven guys came into the house and attacked the farmer and his family. They terrorised the man’s wife and sons and in the process opened fire on the farmer who was wounded,” he said.

“The farmer managed to get hold of his own firearm and fired shots at the men but later succumbed to his injuries before he could be saved.”

Suleiman said that the man’s wife and children were unhurt in the exchange of fire, but they are in shock.

“They are still dealing with the loss. I will be working with my team on this case at the behest of the family,” he said.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker confirmed that a gang of seven men is being sought by police after the men “accosted the family”.

“They ransacked their house while holding them at gunpoint and then allegedly shot and killed a 50-year-old man and fled with two cellphones.”

“A case of house robbery and murder was opened at Camperdown police station. No arrests have been made at this stage,” Naicker said. 

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