Man who allegedly killed farmer with crutches to appear in court

2016-01-18 19:41


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Mpumalanga - A man accused of murdering a Mpumalanga farmer and injuring the farmer's wife will appear in court on Tuesday.

Police spokesperson, Brigadier Selvy Mohlala, said Johannes van Zyl, 84 and his wife Charlotte, 55, were attacked in their farmhouse in Dirkiesdorp near Piet Retief at about 16:30 on Saturday.

"Information revealed that the victims were brutally attacked with crutches by the suspect, who is also believed to be their employee. Mr Van Zyl was found lying on the floor with serious injuries on his head and he was certified dead at the scene.

"His wife, Charlotte, sustained serious injuries on her body and was rushed to hospital for medical treatment," said Mohlala on Monday.

Mohlala said the suspect was arrested on Saturday and that the motive for the attack was not yet known.

The suspect is expected to appear in the Piet Retief Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday on charges of murder and attempted murder.

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