Farm attackers released, farmer may face murder charges

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Farm attackers released, farmer may face murder charges
Farm attackers released, farmer may face murder charges

Carl Gutter (70) a farmer from Palmietfontein near Brandfort was attacked by five suspects during August last year and could be charged with murder for shooting a suspect. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) dropped the case against the four farm attackers.

On that fateful day, Gutter was about to leave his farm, when a suspect, knocked on the window of the vehicle and pointed a firearm at him, Gutter managed to escape through the passenger door. A fight ensued, and shots were fired at Gutter, who shot one of the suspects in the back. Original reports indicated that the suspect died in Police custody.

The suspects also attacked Gutter with a grass cutter and he sustained several injuries to his hands and back.

The four suspects were found in a veld near the farm shortly after the incident and arrested. A firearm was recovered close to the area were they were caught. The wounded suspect, Saniboy Segalo died in Police custody after not indicating that he had been shot.

The four suspects have now been released from custody and when Gutter saw one of them in the nearby town he was shocked, to learn of their release and the imminent possibility of facing a murder charge.

NPA Adv. K. E. Leshie-Shalie decided that the chances of conviction in court won’t succeed because the combined statements of the four suspects compared to Gutter’s statement shows that the four accused was telling the truth.

And this intelligent decision after the farmer was hacked with a grass cutter and shot at. Was he shot at with a legal registered weapon?

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