Alexandria detectives made a breakthrough today when they arrested a 24-year-old man in connection with the brutal attack on a local farmer, Riaan Scheepers, last Saturday.
Scheepers, in his early sixties, and a farm worker, were, according to the police, attacked by two unknown males while entering his home on Saturday. Scheepers was severely beaten and was also stabbed numerous times. The farm worker managed to escape and called help. The suspects fled with his bakkie which was later recovered. A .38 special revolver is also believed to have been taken.
The victim was taken to the Port Alfred Hospital but was later transferred to Port Elizabeth. He is in a critical but stable condition.
Detectives have been working round the clock pursuing the investigation and arrested the man earlier today. He is in custody.
Several items of clothing, as well as the victim’s cell phone, were recovered and will be forwarded for further forensic analysis.
Brigadier Morgan Govender, the Cluster Commander of Port Alfred, commended the investigation team and said: “The community is commended for their assistance and information supplied. Our investigations are still continuing and any person with additional information to contact the Detective Commander Captain Leon Els.”
The chairman of the Alexandria Agricultural Association, Brent McNamara, on behalf of members of the association, expressed their heartfelt thanks to the SAPS investigation team for the manner in which they have tackled this investigation. “Our thanks also go out to the community who have provided input to date and who we urge to continue to forward any further information to ensure that a successful conviction of the perpetrators is obtained,” he said.
During the week, the AAA posted an award of R50 000 for information that could lead to the conviction of the suspects.
The suspect is in custody and will appear in the Alexandria Magistrate’s Court on Monday.