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Senekal farm attack update – Police report

Farm attack: Two people were arrested after a farmer, his wife and her friend were overpowered on their farm in the Senekal district on 17 May 2023.

On 17 May 2023 at about 20:30, Mr. Adames Paulus Stemmett (54), his wife and her friend came home to The Heights Farm, Senekal. They were busy offloading their groceries and Mr. Stemmett was outside and his wife and her friend were inside the house.

Mr. Stemmett was confronted by two unknown men carrying firearms. They took him into the the house and four more suspects joined them.

Mrs. Stemmett and her friend were tied with a cord. Mr. Stemmett was forced into the bedroom, where the suspects were looking for the safe. They took three firearms, jewelry, cellphones and cash.

The suspects fled the scene. Nobody was injured.

The friend was on the phone when the suspects entered and could hear the ordeal taking place. She alerted the farmers, who came in their numbers to assist.

A 37-year-old foreign national was arrested and a large amount of cash was found on him. The alleged getaway vehicle was parked next to the road, not far from the farm.

The driver of the vehicle, a 33-year-old woman, was also arrested.

Upon further investigation, an Uzzi firearm and vehicle keys of the victims were found outside the yard of the farm.

The suspects will appear in the Senekal Magistrate’s Court on Friday, 19 May 2023.

Five suspects are still on the loose.

Anyone with information is requested to call the Station Commander of Senekal, Lieutenant Colonel Melato Sephiri, on 082 455 6108 or the Crime Stop number at 08600 10111. Alternatively, members of the public can send information via the MYSAPS app.

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