Farm worker linked to mur­der

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - NEWS - Gareth Wil­son wilsong@ti­soblack­

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.

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