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Poacher killed in shootout
Farmer held for killing poacher
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Bloemfontein - A Free State farmer appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court on Monday after a man hunting with dogs on a farm was killed near Sannaspos.
The case against Nicolaas van Aswegen, 26, was postponed to 27 May, Free State police spokesperson Sam Makhele said.
He was granted bail.
A second farmer, aged 66, on Monday handed himself to police in connection with the shooting.
According to police, on Saturday two farmers approached four men from Botshabelo who were hunting with their dogs on the farm Dikatso near Sannaspos on the Verkeerdevlei Road.
The farmers allegedly shot at the dogs and killed one. The hunters started running and were allegedly shot at.
One of the men apparently surrendered when he saw one of his friends had been wounded. The other two kept running.
Phoned a friend
Police said the man that surrendered was allegedly kidnapped, assaulted and later brought back to the scene.
The wounded man managed to run a few kilometres, but later phoned his hunting friends to call an ambulance.
They called acquaintances in Botshabelo who later found his body in the veld.
The two farmers allegedly left the scene, leaving the dead man with his friends. The farm's owner arrived a while later after hearing that someone had been shot on his farm.
The police were alerted and Van Aswegen was arrested.
Police said the two men faced a charge of murder, three of attempted murder, malicious damage to property, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, kidnapping and the illegal pointing of a firearm.
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