Monday, 28 June 2021
Vrede: On the 27 June 2021, police were patrolling in Vrede when they received a complaint of a house which was on fire at Van Heerden Street; in Vrede.
On arrival, they found the owner of the house who introduced himself as Henk Beukes (62) covered with a blanket. He alleged that he was rescued by neighbours from the burning house.
The victim alleged that whilst sleeping, he heard footsteps in the kitchen and went to inspect. He was allegedly confronted by two males who gained entry into his house by breaking a window.
He confronted them and they allegedly attacked him with an iron bar and knife. He tried to fight back but was overpowered and assaulted until he became unconscious. After a while, he regained consciousness and noticed that there was smoke in the house and flames coming from another room.
The victim was staying alone in the house.
Apparently he was rescued by his neighbour and later rushed to Vrede hospital where he died a few hours after being admitted. A case of murder and arson is being investigated. No arrests have been made yet.
Any person with information that may lead to the arrest of suspects should please contact Detective Captain Mostert at 082 466 7752 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111, alternatively send information via MySAPS App.