Shepherd kidnapped and sheep stolen in Heidelberg farm attack

2017-12-24 14:34
A 1997 file photo of Dolly, the cloned sheep at the Edinburgh Institute in Scotland. (Colin McPherson, AFP)

A 1997 file photo of Dolly, the cloned sheep at the Edinburgh Institute in Scotland. (Colin McPherson, AFP)

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Johannesburg - A shepherd was apparently assaulted and kidnapped, while 47 of his flock were stolen and an additional three killed, in an ambush on a farm in the Heidelberg area, police said on Sunday.

"It is alleged that unknown suspects climbed over the shed wall into the sheep shed," Lieutenant Colonel Tryphina Nyaka said.

The crime was committed at Gerald’s Farm in Lagerspoort in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The kidnappers then appeared to have forced open the premises of Tshepo Mzizi, aged 21.

"Blood [was] found in the room of the [shepherd], passage and the stoep."

His cellphone and knobkerrie were found lying on the ground next to the stoep. It is presumed that Mzizi had been kidnapped.

The assailants then broke the security gate and stole the sheep.

"Three sheep were found dead with their legs tied with a blue plastic rope."

A docket has been opened and anyone with information is urged to contact the police.

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