Three arrested for attempted murder of Aberdeen farm worker

BY CHARL BOSCH - MAY 13, 2015

Aberdeen police have arrested three youths aged between 17 and 18 for the attempted murder of a farm worker on Monday.

Speaking in a statement, Warrant Officer Hannes Holtzhauzen said that the youths got into an argument with the worker on the farm De Rust, before one fired an undisclosed number of shots, striking the worker in the neck and face.

The men then broke into the farm owner’s house and attempted to make-off with furniture loaded onto the back of his bakkie.

“Immediately after the case was reported, the police started their investigation which led them to Arcadia farm where they found the suspects still driving the farmer’s vehicle.

“They were arrested and three loaded firearms and property recovered,” Holtzhauzen said, adding that the firearms were identified as being the same used in an unrelated incident last month.

The men are expected to appear in the Aberdeen Magistrate’s Court tomorrow on chargers of housebreaking, theft of a motor vehicle, possession of an unlicensed firearm and possession of suspected stolen property, as well as the attack on the farmer worker.