Farm worker linked to murder
A FARM worker has been arrested for the alleged murder of his employer on the Zout van de Aarde farm in Albertinia last weekend.
Sharon Bester, 52, was killed inside her farmhouse at about 8.30pm last Saturday.
Following his arrest on Tuesday, Johannes Bangisol, 20, appeared in the Albertinia Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.
Bangisol was charged with murder, burglary, theft and stealing a vehicle.
Police spokesman Captain Malcolm Pojie said Bester’s body had been found by another farm worker who had gone to feed the dogs.
“She was found on her bed and medical assistance was summoned by the worker. At first she was thought to have suffered a stroke, but the preliminary autopsy result indicates that she had been strangled to death,” Pojie said.
He said Bangisol lived and worked on the same farm.
Pojie added that the arrest breakthrough came after a tip-off that the suspect had been spotted driving Bester’s jeep.
“The jeep was found abandoned in a bushy area on the farm. A subsequent search of the suspect’s residence led to the discovery of stolen property belonging to the deceased which included a laptop, tablet and an airgun,” he said.
Da Gamaskop Cluster commander Brigadier Gerhard Jantjies welcomed the swift arrest – even before the official autopsy report had been handed over to detectives.
“They [detectives] have shown commitment and courage and worked tirelessly to ensure that the suspect is brought to book”, he said.
Jantjies said however that they did not qualify this murder as a farm attack as the suspect lived on the farm and had been employed by Bester.
Bangisol is in custody at the Mossel Bay Youth Correctional Facility. His next court appearance is on Thursday.