Friedel Filter Murder
On Friday the 13th of May 2016 at 18:45, the tragic murder of Mr Friedel Filter occurred. Friedel was born on Friday, 03 February in 1939 making his Life Timeline 77 years 3 months and 10 days.
This occurred on his farm ‘Frischgewagt’, north of Luneburg, KwaZulu Natal after someone did reconnaissance for what must have been a long time since the grass outside the entry path where they cut the fence to gain entry to the homestead was flattened. The gang lay in wait outside the fence and then crept closer and kept watch.
Friedel’s daughter and her husband had arrived from Johannesburg shortly before the attack to visit for the weekend. Two assailants entered the home through the door of the verandah on that evening of the 13th, as it was not locked.
Inside the home, in the sitting room, the family had made a high care bed for Friedel’s wife who had had a back operation about a week prior and was bedridden.
The assailants entered the house and one went straight through to the kitchen. Friedel’s daughter who was unarmed screamed and then started fighting them manoeuvring right out of the house over the verandah and onto the lawn.
Friedel locked the door but was surprised to find that one of the assailants was still inside the house and now could not leave. A struggle ensued at the door where Friedel pushed the assailants into a corner, and it was at this point that the assailant cocked the weapon and shot Friedel.
The glass of the front door was broken. Friedel’s son in law knelt down to try and assess Friedel when one of the gang members pointed the gun at him through the door. Thankfully the assailant had a loose cartridge stuck on the side of the slide when he cocked his gun, and it is believed that it must have jammed and thus could not fire. One cartridge was found in front of the door from the verandah.
The assailants fled without taking anything but were confronted by the tractor driver “George” Dlongolo who came back from the soccer field with a friend. George asked them who they were and what they wanted as he did not know them. He also accused them of being the ones stealing livestock. He was then shot through the leg, after which he fell. One of the assailants then kicked him, taking his cell phone.
The autopsy showed that Friedel was shot in the shoulder with the projectile going through his heart and other vitals.
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