Bekker farm couple murdered: Heidelberg, July 1 5pm two suspects’ case postponed to August 12 Heidelberg magistrate’s court…
July 1 2011 – Martiens Bekker, 68, a farm-foreman, and wife Charlotte Bekker, 60, were stabbed to death while tied up, farm Houtpoort N3 highway Heidelberg July 1 2011. The murder case against two arrested black male attackers was postponed to August 12 in the Heidelberg magistrate’s court.
Retired school teacher Charlotte Bekker, 60, left, was tied to a chair and then frantically stabbed to death; husband Martiens, 68, right, was found with numerous stab wounds on the bedroom floor of their rented farm-house. LtCol Lungelo Dlamini said the double-murder case against Solomon Dlamini, 31, and Petrus Motloung, 31, was postponed to August 12 for trial.
2011-07-02 Two black men were arrested a day after the double-murders of farming-foreman Martiens and Charlotte Bekker, a retired teacher, stabbed to death inside their homestead on the farm Houtpoort next to the N3 highway near Heidelberg, South Africa. Their bodies were tied up and there were numerous stabbing wounds. Their Volkswagen Polo was taken as a getaway vehicle but the attackers crashed it. The double-murders were discovered after personnel from a vehicle-recovery service came across the wreck – and discovered Mr Bekker’s cellphone inside. They contacted the number given for Mr Bekker’s daughter Annalene le Roux, whereafter her husband Chris went to the homestead and discovered his in-laws mutilated bodies. It appears as if the attackers gained access to the humble homestead by breaking open a glass-door, despite the presence of four large dogs. Daughter in law ngee le Roux,and son Theo said they are still trying to determine what was stolen and exactly what happened. It appears as if a rifle could have been stolen and wallets, as well as a computer which was linked to the security-cameras monitoring the farm compound. Valueable articles such as TV set were untouched. The interior of the farm was ‘turned over’ and vandalised. Mr Bekker was found next to the open gun-safe with stabbing wounds. Mrs Bekker was tied to a chair and was stabbed. Farm owner André van Rooyen claims that there is ‘no history of violent crime in the region but are worried that it is increasing.’ Mr Bekker was the farm-manager and Mrs Bekker was a retired school-teacher. Each had been married before: Mr Bekker leaves a son and daughter and Mrs Bekker three sons; both from their previous marriages.