Farm attacker remanded in custody
Leeudoringstad – Joseph Bernard Kulelaphi appeared before the Wolmaransstad Magistrates’ Court on Friday 19 June and 23 June for house robbery, attempted murder and theft of a motor vehicle. The accused appeared before court following a house robbery committed on 12 June at about 19:30 on a farm near Leeudoringstad.
According to police spokesperson Colonel Adéle Myburgh, two suspects broke open door and overpowered a 77-year old farmer in his house.
During the ordeal, they hit the victim on his head with a panga and tied him up. The suspects then stole six firearms from a safe as well as a cellular phone and fled the scene in the farmer’s Mercedes Benz. The victim managed to free himself and sounded the alarm, which alerted the police and emergency services who rushed to the scene.
The farmer was admitted to hospital with serious head injuries, while the stolen vehicle was found abandoned on the Leeudoringstad-Orkney road a few hours later.
Following an intensive investigation, a suspect was identified shortly after the attack and subsequently traced and apprehended on 17 June at his house on a farm in the Leeudoringstad area. All six stolen firearms were recovered. The police also found a .38 special revolver with a filed-off serial number.
provincial commissioner of North West, lieutenant general Sello Kwena congratulated the police for a job well done and for recovering the firearms stolen, which he said were likely to be used to commit serious and violent crimes.
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