Johannesburg – A 68-year-old man was killed on his smallholding in Mullerstuine near Barrage during a robbery in the early hours of Friday morning, Gauteng police said.
The man, Robert Hunter, who had Parkinson’s Disease and joint and bone illnesses, was found by his son shortly before 05:00, Inspector Kinnie Steyn said.
The son, Freddy Hunter, who lives in another house on the same property, woke up to find three men attempting to steal his father’s car. They fled after he fired several warning shots. He then called a security company and together they entered his father’s house.
Robert Hunter was found with a large wound in his chest caused by a sharp object.
Next to the father’s car they found a hunting rifle and shotgun. Several bags of groceries were later discovered in a neighbouring field.
Within hours, police arrested three men. They were found with a shotgun, cellphones and jewellery.
The men were being sought for other armed robberies in the area. They would appear in Vanderbijlpark Magistrate’s Court on Monday.