South African soldier arrested for farm attack

South African soldier arrested for farm attack
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Ladysmith, South Africa – Police raided a 5SAI soldier’s home on Friday afternoon and arrested him after he was positively linked to the farm attack that took place on Friday.

Another suspect handed himself over to police after he was informed police were looking for him.

This brings to three the number of people arrested for the attack so far.

The attack took place on Friday afternoon at about 12.45pm.

An elderly resident (about 80 years old) was at her home on a farm situated along the N11 just outside Ladysmith when she was surprised by a group of men, two armed with firearms. The men threatened the lady and got away with a small amount of cash and an air rifle they mistakenly believed was a real firearm.

The elderly lady was not injured in the attack.

It is alleged that the men were in a group of at least four or five.

Neighbouring farmers and police quickly mobilised and went in search of the suspects. One of the suspects was found hiding in the surrounding bush and was arrested. A small amount of cash allegedly stolen during the robbery was recovered. Later the same afternoon, another suspect (a soldier) was arrested in the Acaciavale area.

The suspects, aged 36 and 39, will appear in the Ladysmith Magistrate’s Court, facing charges of house robbery. Detectives are confident that they will arrest the outstanding suspects soon.

A licensed 9mm firearm was found in possession of one of the suspects and seized as evidence by police.


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