Monday, April 18, 2011

Farmer Found Dead

Farming family found dead 

Apr 18, 2011

A "well-known" farming family from De Aar, in the Northern Cape, was found shot dead in a bakkie on a gravel road, said police. 

"One of the employees on the farm came across the bakkie just after 6am this morning, about one kilometre from the farm," said Lieutenant-Colonel Hendrik Swart. 

He noticed the farmer was sitting behind the wheel of the bakkie and that he was not responding. 

Swart said the farmer, 58, his wife, 39, and their two daughters, aged eight and six, had been shot dead. Their names were being withheld as they had not yet been formally identified.
"The employee then went to the brother of the farmer on an adjacent farm and informed him," said Swart. 

The farmer's brother phoned the police in De Aar, who arrived at the scene a short while later. 

Police opened the bakkie to find "a lot of jackets" on the front passenger seat. When the jackets had been removed, the police discovered the two girls. Both had "wounds" to the head.
The farmer, in the driver's seat, also had a wound to the head. A .357 revolver was found on his lap. 

The body of the farmer's wife was found under a pile of clothes in the bakkie's loading bin. She too had a head wound. 

"It is suspected that all four persons were killed with the revolver found in the bakkie," Swart said. 

No foul play was suspected.
Post mortems would take place in Kimberley this week. 


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