July 4 2010 – Dairy farmer Russell Walford, 73, was bludgeoned to death in his cattle shed…
Highway Mail, KwaZuluNatal- July 9 2010 Front Page –
Mr Russell Walford, a prominent craftsman and dairy farmer of Peacevale, was murdered on his farm on Sunday night, July 4 2010 .
Russell (73) was bludgeoned to death in his cattle shed and then dragged under a tree. This follows after Russell was also stabbed during a robbery at his house about three months ago.
Russell had expressed his concern about his safety on the farm to his family including his sister. Maxine Binx, who lives in England. When he failed to answer her call on Sunday evening, she started to worry. Knowing that her brother always returned her calls, she alerted Andrew Walford, their brother who lives in Shongweni. On Sunday morning Andrew made his way to the farm and called a neighbour to help search for his brother. Russell's body was found under a tree at 9.30am.
Captain Thulani Zwane, from the Provincial SAPF communication unit, confirmed that Russell was attacked in his cattle shed and suffered severe head injuries caused by a blunt object. A former employee (25) was arrested on Monday in connection with the murder when police found Russell's car key's, cell phone and computer in his possession. He will appear in court soon. Russell's wife, who now lives in London, was also attacked and shot during a robbery on the same farm five years ago and is now paralysed. It is now up to Andrew and his wife, Leanda to tend to his farm: "There is so much to do, but the neighbours have been fantastic and very helpful," said Andrew.