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Estelle Sinkiins
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23 Apr 2021
15:38

FARM ATTACK | Karkloof farmer dies after brutal stabbing

Estelle Sinkiins

Karkloof farmer, Trevor Murphy, died en route to hospital after he was stabbed repeatedly by burglars who broke into his home on Thursday night.

Karkloof farmer, Trevor Murphy, died en route to hospital after he was stabbed repeatedly by burglars who broke into his home on Thursday night.

According to sources, three armed men cut through a fence on Wendover Farm, which is on the Karkloof Road, just past the Amber retirement villages and behind the Sappi plantations.

They then tied up a staff member, who lives on-site, before stabbing Murphy.

The assailants fled the scene in the farmer’s white Ford Ranger (NR32220). They also stole two cellphones, a tablet, three laptops, a flat screen TV, and a hi-fi.

One of Murphy’s relatives called Knight Security Services to report that he had been attacked and needed assistance. Sadly, he succumbed to his injuries.

In a separate incident, two farmers were held up at gunpoint by robbers in their home on Lammermoor Farm, which is on the Middelrus Road, near Mooi River, at 9.30 am on Friday.

The five men, who fled with cash, weapons and other items, were later spotted heading north on the N3 in a white Toyota Corolla with NJ plates.

Both farmers are unharmed and local security staff and neighbours were on the scene within minutes to help them.

Sources told The Witness that six men have been arrested in connection with the robbery in Mooi River, but this has not yet been confirmed by the SAPS.

Chris Pappas, the head of the Democratic Alliance Mooi-uMgeni Constituency, said the party was both saddened and angered by the brutal killing.

“Mr Murphy was a well-known farmer in the Karkloof area of the KZN Midlands,” he added. “The DA extends our sincere condolences to the Murphy family and the broader Karkloof/Howick community.”

Pappas said the Karkloof attack was the second incident in the area in the past few months.

“It is clear that SAPS must look into this area as a potential hotspot for farm-related crimes and deploy the necessary resources to protect our farmers and farm workers,” he added.

“To-date, the provincial government has paid lip service to the safety of rural and farming communities. Little to nothing has been done to actively fight against crime in rural areas.”