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Worker on trial for farmer’s murder

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Witbooi was shot in the testicles and had to undergo surgery at Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Hospital in Kimberley

Willem Olyn

THE TRIAL of a farmworker who is accused of killing his employer on his farm Bonteheuwel near Griquatown will start in the Northern Cape High court today.

Willem Olyn is facing a charge of murder, four charges of attempted murder, four charges of contravention of the Firearms Control Act for pointing a firearm and further charges of theft, reckless and negligent driving, illegal possession of a firearm and illegal possession of ammunition.

The farmer, Willem van der Westhuizen, died after he was shot in the head while in his vehicle after Olyn allegedly went on a shooting rampage on October 31 2017.

The charges of attempted murder relate to Olyn allegedly shooting at Benjamin Witbooi, Gracious Lackay and Ricardo Pyl who were sitting about 60 metres from where the vehicle of the deceased was parked.

None of the three men were hit during the alleged incident, but Olyn did allegedly shoot Dion Witbooi at his residence in Rainbow Valley.

Witbooi was shot in the testicles and had to undergo surgery at Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Hospital in Kimberley.

The State contends that the murder of Van der Westhuizen was premeditated.