South Africa 17.7.2017 02:23 pm

Swartruggens attempted murder case delayed

The farmer accused of shooting an 11-year-old girl.

The case against a 33-year-old farmer accused of shooting an 11-year-old girl was delayed at the Swartruggens Magistrate’s Court today.

Court proceedings had been delayed since this morning to allow a prosecutor from Rustenburg to handle the unopposed bail application.

The farmer allegedly shot the girl in the arm last Wednesday. The girl and her friends allegedly went to the farm to fetch firewood when the farmer allegedly shouted and ordered them to stop.

North West police spokesperson, Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone, said: “The girls allegedly ran away into different directions, at that stage, the victim realised that she was bleeding from the left arm.  She immediately reported the incident to her mother on arrival at home and was rushed to the hospital for medical treatment. The victim’s parents notified the police of the incident.”

The farmer allegedly handed himself over to the police last Thursday.

He was expected to appear in the Swartruggens Magistrate’s Court later today, facing a charge of attempted murder.

The situation at court was calm, with members of the Public Order Police having been deployed.

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