Ambushed at a feedlot on a farm in East London, a farmer was stabbed several times and the thieves then ran over his body with his own vehicle.
On Thursday September 19, Shaun Krull (48), was on patrol of a herd of cattle, when he was ambushed by a number of cattle thieves, on on a farm owned by Sisa Ngebulana, at Crossways just outside East London in the Eastern Cape.
“Early on Friday morning we tried to contact him but both his phone and radio were off. One of his colleagues went onto the lands, but could not find him or his bakkie.” sais his brother Alwyn Krull, owner of Sunrise Eggs.
“He went to the feedlot and discovered the body of Shaun lying on the ground. He had been stabbed several times and it seemed as if the thieves ran over his body with his bakkie, which they then drove off in,” said Alwyn.
“His brother lived a quiet, single life and was well liked by the community.” Alwyn added.
“Shaun was born on the farm on which he was killed. The murder happened after a spate of cattle theft in the area,” said Alwyn.
“I have had three cousins who have all lost cattle in the area. Something has to be done about this or we will have more murders. Up until now it has been cattle which have been slaughtered. Now it is humans.” said Alwyn.
The family is devastated. Shaun is survived by his sister and brothers.
In the latest development, two suspects were arrested on Friday afternoon, when Shaun’s vehicle was spotted in a field. The vehicle was seen, near a previous employee’s house, in the Middledrift area. The employee was dismissed a while ago, according to Captain Hazel Mqala from the South African Police Service.
“A third suspect fled and escaped arrest, when we inspected the employee’s house. Stolen goods and the vehicle was recovered,” sais Captain Mqala.
On Saturday September 21, the third suspect handed himself in to the police and will appear in court on Monday, together with the other suspects, according to Mqala.