A young farmer from KwaZulu-Natal died on Monday after he rushed to the aid of his neighbour, who was being held by men in her house.
Leslie Stark (32) was assaulted and stabbed several times with a knife.
Lt. Col. Nqobile Gwala, police spokesperson, says a group of men allegedly broke into a house on a farm at Umkomaas and detained a woman.
“The suspects held her at gunpoint and demanded money and mobile phones.”
According to another neighbor, Stark went to help the woman, but the suspects overpowered him and assaulted him.
“He was able to get away and called on the nearest neighbors for help. These neighbors loaded him into their vehicle and rushed him to a clinic.”
Gwala says Stark died shortly after his arrival at the clinic.
No one has yet been arrested in connection with the incident, but “the matter is being investigated by the police”. A case of house robbery and murder was filed.
One of Stark’s neighbors said on Facebook that he farmed the farm alone, while his mother and two brothers live in England.
“Leslie could not have harmed a fly,” writes the neighbor.