Swift response leads to farm attacker’s arrest
Reivilo (North West Province) – Reivilo police in collaboration with their local farming communities, and the traffic departments of Schweizer-Reneke, Bloemhof with the help of airwing support – arrested a suspect in a recent farm attack.
He was cornered and arrested and another two suspects were taken in for questioning on Saturday 6 June.
The suspect, aged 38, was arrested in Schweizer-Reneke a few hours after a house robbery was committed at one of the farms in Reivilo near Taung. During the arrest, a stolen Nissan X-trail as well as a firearm were recovered.
According to police spokesperson brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone, a house robbery was reported to the police at about 10:00 in the morning.
On arrival at the farm, the police found a 64-year-old farmer tied up inside his house. He and his 63-year-old wife were severely assaulted by three armed robbers. During the ordeal, the suspects tortured the man by pouring hot water over him.
The suspects fled the scene, after robbing the couple of their Nissan X-trail, cash, two cell phones and a bank card. The couple was admitted to hospital with serious injuries.
Consequent to the incident, police immediately activated neighbouring police stations to be on the lookout for the X-trail while the local neighbourhood-watch farmers joined in the search. The victims' vehicle was spotted at a vehicle checkpoint in Schweizer-Reneke. A car chase towards Ipelegeng location ensued, after the suspects failed to stop.
The suspects ultimately abandoned the car and fled on foot. However, one suspect was arrested after he was shot while running towards a farmer who was assisting the police. He was admitted to hospital under police guard.
A firearm believed to have been used to commit the crime, as well as a cellular phone, was found in the suspect’s possession. Two other men were taken in for questioning. Investigations into the matter are ongoing.
The suspect appeared before the Schweizer-Reneke Magistrates’ Court in absentia on Tuesday 9 June on charges of possession of suspected stolen property and an illegal firearm.
Provincial commissioner of the North West lieutenant general Sello Kwena commended the members for their swift reaction and collaboration with other role players which led to the arrest. He singled out the involvement of relevant stakeholders in the fight against crime as important in ensuring that perpetrators are brought to book.
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