Farm attack

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Farm attack LATEST: Police arrest five men, recover firearms

The farm attack suspects tied up their victim and robbed him of several firearms including a Blazer 300 Winchester Magnum worth R 160 000.

Farm attack

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A joint collaboration between Harrismith and Ladysmith police led to the swift arrest of five suspects following an attack at a farm in the Harrismith district in the Freestate on Monday. 

SAPS regional spokesperson Brigadier Motantsi Makhele said that the 54-year-old farm attack victim had been working at home on his farm at around 3.10pm on Monday when three unknown suspects arrived at the property. 

“He was at home working in the store room when three unknown males appeared. The suspects allegedly told him that they wanted to buy cattle and he told them that he did not sell cattle,” Makhele said.

“One of the suspects allegedly pointed a firearm at him and they demanded money, then  pushed him into the house where they instructed him to open the safe,” Makhele said.

When the suspects did not find any money in the safe, they allegedly took the complainant’s two rifles, a Blazer 300 Winchester Magnum worth R 160 000 and a 7mm× 64 Sauer rifle worth R40 000, a Samsung S4 Mini valued at R3000, Nikon binoculars worth R1000, a Sony Video Camera worth R5000, a Red bolt cutter worth R500 and a grinder worth R3000. 

“They then tied him to a chair, locked him in the house then left. After a while he managed to untie himself, went out through the window and went to a neighbouring farm to ask for assistance and the police were alerted,” Makhele added.

Makhele said a 72 hour activation plan was executed and neighbouring police stations and farmers were alerted to the incident. The swift police response  led to the arrest of five suspects in Ladysmith where several firearms were recovered. 

“The suspects will appear in Ladysmith Magistrate court for possession of suspected stolen property and thereafter appear in Harrismith for house robbery,” Makhele said.