A suspected farm attacker who attacked a farmer from Leeudoringstad in the North West with a knife, is behind bars.
Joseph Bernard Kulelaphi, 50, is accused of strangling the 77-year-old farmer with another friend on June 12 at about 19:30 in the farmer’s house.
The elderly farmer was hit on the head with a knife and tied up after the attackers broke open a door. Northwestern Police Chief Adéle Myburgh said.
The suspects stole six firearms from a safe as well as a cellphone. They then fled with the farmer’s Mercedes-Benz.
The farmer unwound him and called the police. He was hospitalized with serious head injuries and his vehicle was found abandoned on the Leeudoringstad-Orkney road a few hours later.
According to Myburgh, Kulelaphi was identified shortly after the attack. He was arrested on Wednesday at his home on a farm in the Leeudoringstad area. “All six stolen firearms were found. Police also found a .38 Special revolver, whose serial number was removed, ”she said.
Kulelaphi appeared in court on Friday and remains in custody.
There has been a spate of farm attacks in recent times that have led to renewed concerns about the safety of rural residents.