Farmers and farmworkers closed ranks following farm attacks such as the Petersons double-tragedy. Photo: Supplied

Farm attack drama unfolds in the courtroom


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True-to-life drama unfolded in a small courtroom in Bela-Bela when a detective described how the three men accused of the attack on the Petersons farm were tracked down via a stolen cellphone.

The three men were rounded up by members of the police during a pre-dawn raid in the Hasmmanskraal section of Kanana.

Cecil Peterson (83) and his wife Pattie (73) have since passed on allegedly as a direct result of the farm attack.

Investigating Officer Captain Renier Schutte testified before the Bela-Bela Magistrate’s Court the threesome had no previous convictions, but pending charges ranging from car hijacking, burglary to drug-dealing.

Schutte was testifying during a pre-trial on Thursday19 October.

The attack on the Petersons farm took place on Wednesday, 13 September, at their farm situated between Bela-Bela and Modimolle.

Pattie was shot in the stomach and died at the scene. 

Cecil died while undergoing treatment at Eugene Marais Hospital in Pretoria on Thursday, 26 October, after being shot in the face.

Piet Mathebula, Mpho Nico Nkonyana and Tshepo Tebula were at the time of going to press, expected to appear for the third time in court mid-week for bail application.

Nkonyana faces additional charges of possession of a stolen mobile phone, whilst Mathebula faces a separate charge for the possession of an unlicensed firearm. 

Mathebula has a pending charge of hijacking, and also the possesion of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

Tebula faces charges of housebreaking and robbery while Nkonyana has been charged with the possession and distribution of drugs.

Schutte said the attack on the Peterson couple was premeditated, and that the police have drawn up a strong case against the men.

He asked the court not to grant bail.

The case was postponed to Thursday, 2 November to allow the respective legal representatives to prepare their individual cases.

A fourth suspect was still at large.

5 months ago       02 November 2017