STILL Bay SAPS has launched a manhunt to trace the suspects responsible for the death of 62-year-old woman, Heila Killian, late on Tuesday night April 17 on a farm approximately 2km outside Still Bay. The farm functions as a nursery and coffee shop.
Preliminary investigation and witness reports reveals that the owner of Gezania Nursery and three friend were enjoying themselves at a braai in the garden situated in the back of the house when they were accosted by five armed suspects whose faces were covered with balaclavas and all of them wore orange overall-type trousers.
It is alleged that they started shooting at the victims without any warning and during the blast the deceased was hit and succumbed of the injury sustained. The two male victims were overpowered by the assailants and handcuffed. One of the victims (the second woman) managed to escape and activated the local SAPS who responded rapidly.
The suspects meanwhile ransacked the house, broke open the safe and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, a collection of firearms including a shotgun, two rifles and a handgun as well as a collection of hunting knives.
They fled with a white Toyota Hilux bakkie with a canopy and registration number CCC 12419 that belongs to the owner. Preliminary investigation reveals that the bakkie was later spotted refuelling at a petrol station in Heidelberg, indicating that the suspects were en route to Cape Town after committing the crime.
Still Bay Police opened dockets for murder, theft of motor vehicle and theft of firearms for further investigation. More charges might be added as the investigation unfolds.
Says SAPS spokesman captain Malcolm Pojie: “We appeal to anyone with information to contact the investigation officer, detective Sgt Ludwig Schnetler on 079 8941593 or 028 754 6100, or Crime Stop on 08600 10111. All information will be dealt with confidentially.