19-year-old suspect arrested in Bonnievale farm murder

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A 19-year-old male suspect has been arrested in connection with the murder of a farmer that was murdered at his Bonnievale fam on Monday.

What happened in Bonnievale farm?

As reported by EWN, on Monday evening, four armed suspects entered the residence of the elderly couple, Tool and Liezel Wessels with the intent to commit robbery.

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Husband found dead

According to police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut, Liezel miraculously managed to escape with minor stab wounds in the scuffle with the armed suspects.

There was very little the 55-year-old could do to save her husband.

“The female victim who sustained a stab wound managed to escape and alerted police,” Traut revealed.

Evidence of premeditation

When the police arrived on the scene, they found Tool’s lifeless body floating in a river, approximately 200m from the house.

It is believed that the suspects had been watching the couple for a while, learning their habits and schedules.

According to Traut, at the time of the incident, the Wessels were preparing to attend a church choir practice.

Investigators were tipped off about the suspects, one of which is believed to be a Bonnievale local.

It was alleged that after the robbery, they all fled to the Eastern Cape. This is where the 19-year-old was found and placed under arrest, with the victims’ stolen .22 revolver in his possession.

“The suspect is scheduled to make a court appearance once he has been charged. The other suspects involved in the incident are yet to be arrested,” Traut confirmed.

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AfriForum calls government to address farm-related violence

According to AfriForum’s Ian Cameron, the family’s licensed firearm was stored in the safe that was stolen from the farmhouse.

Describing the brutality of the incident, Cameron revealed that Liezel had suffered burns on her back from the boiling water that was poured on her by the suspects.

Cameron implored the government to act more swiftly and in collaboration with private security to address this escalating trend in farm attacks.

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“I think there should be a balance between police, private security and the community. If we’ve got that, what I call a golden triangle, then we can only be successful if they work together,” he said.

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